Redding Community Information

Redding, California

Redding sits 540 miles north of Los Angeles, 150 miles north of Sacramento, and 433 miles south of Portland, Oregon. It is served by The Redding Municipal Airport, which is easily accessible from Interstate 5. Daily commercial airline passenger service is provided to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Eureka/Arcata and Portland.

Mount Shasta dominates the northern skyline, and the beautiful Lassen Range is on the east. The Shasta Bolly mountain range lies to the west. The views are incredible. The greatest attraction to the area is the endless recreational opportunity. Approximately 75 percent of Shasta County consists of national forests and parklands. From Redding, you can be sailing on Whiskeytown Lake or house boating on Lake Shasta within an hour. Mt. Shasta, one hour north of town, offers snow skiing and endless hiking trails. Some of the world's best fishing is right here.

Brief History of Redding

Situated along the Siskiyou Trail, an ancient trade and travel route connecting California's Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest, the site of Redding was occupied by Native Americans of the Wintu tribe from about the year 1000. During the early 1800s, Hudson's Bay Company trappers and members of the United States Exploring Expedition passed through the site of Redding, while traveling along the Siskiyou Trail.

Redding was named for Benjamin B. Redding, the first land agent for the California and Oregon Railroad. In 1872, the site of the city was a chaparral thicket bounded by North, South, East and West Streets. The post office was established in 1872. In 1874, Assemblyman Rudolph Klotz introduced a bill in the legislature changing the name to Reading in honor of Mayor P. B. Reading on whose grant the city was located. For six years, is was known as Reading, but the railroad officials refused to make the change. To avoid confusion, the legislature of 1880 repealed the Klotz bill of '74. Incorporated in 1887, Redding has been the county seat of Shasta County since 1888.

Climate and Weather

Redding enjoys the four seasons, with mild winters and warm summers. Although the Sacramento River winds its way through the center of town, the city's relative humidity is refreshingly low. The prevailing winds blow north/south and rarely exceed 13 miles per hour. The average rainfall is 38 inches annually, occurring in the late fall and winter. Clear weather predominates over 300 days a year. Air quality is rated one of the best on the west coast.

Geographical Region

Elevations range from 500 to 5,000 feet in the surrounding area. Redding, receives more sunny days than any other metropolitan city in the nation, surpassed only by Yuma, Arizona. Shasta County enjoys a bounty of fall colors, mild winters and an array of spring beauty, surrounded by three mountain ranges, to the east, west and north.

Areas of Interest

Redding is surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public lands. The area boasts some of the finest State and National Parks in the nation. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a favorite for residents far and wide. A summer drive through the park offers incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite and fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone, but with just a small fraction of the visitors.

The McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park is just a short drive away and features Burney Falls, a spectacular 129-foot, ice cold waterfall that issues from an underground spring and flows into nearby Lake Britton.

Redding is also home to the magnificent Sundial Bridge, the beautifully renovated Cascade Theatre, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. Redding is located in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California and boasts miles of backcountry roads and scenic highways and byways, including one of only two All American Roads in California, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.

The Redding Arboretum features beautiful natural park and gardens where you can stroll along the river trail and view wildlife. Follow Arboretum trails along the beautiful oak savanna and get a glimpse of the Sacramento Valley as it was 300 years ago. You can also enjoy Shakespeare on the Arboretum, which is hosted from late June to mid July.

The historic Cascade Theatre, which opened in 1935 has been restored and now operates as a multi use performance Arts center. The theatre is a shining example of Art Deco architecture and was listed on the California Register of Historic Resources on November 5, 1999 and on the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 2002. The Cascade Theatre was also the recipient of Art Deco Society of California Preservation Award on March 18, 2000.

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