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Visiting Crescent City

 What to See and Do | Where to Stay | Camping

Eighteen miles south of the Oregon border and just north of Redwood National Park is Crescent City. The search for gold in southern Oregon and the Trinity mountains brought miners and settlers from San Francisco in the 1850s, and a small community of stores and warehouses was established on the crescent-shaped bay.

The small, isolated pioneer community survived several disasters. In 1865, the side-wheel steamer Brother Jonathan foundered on St. George's Reef and sank with 232 people aboard. Two hundred and three bodies from the wreck lie in the Brother Jonathan Cemetery. On Good Friday of 1964, the day of the great Alaska earthquake, a tsunami arrived and destroyed the business section with four great wave at speeds of 500 miles an hour.

What to See & Do

Two museums operated by the Del Norte Historical Society display exhibits of the town's changing fortunes. The main museum is located at 577 H street in an old jailhouse. Here are exhibits of North American Indian artifacts, logging memorabilia and displays on pioneer life in the county. Hours vary, call (707) 464-3922 for information. The second museum is the Battery Point Lighthouse Museum, located at the foot of Front Street, offering a guided tour, shipwreck displays and books. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm (summer months).

The visitor center for Redwood National Park is located at 1111 2nd Street, downtown. Crescent City Harbor at the south end of town offers restaurants, charter fishing trips, boat launching and tackle shops. The harbor is flanked by beaches reached by taking Pebble Beach Drive (south beaches) and Scenic Drive north of downtown. The Rumiano Cheese Factory, at 9th and E streets, is the largest producer of Dry Monterey Jack Cheese in the country. You can tour the plant and sample several types of cheese. The 18-hole (par 71) Del Norte Golf Course is at 130 Club Drive.

Camping

Campers who require hookups close to town stay at the large Redwoods KOA, at 4241 Hwy. 101 North (707-464-5744).

Redwood National Park:

For information on
Redwood National Park
and the three state parks inside the national park, go to:

Redwood National Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Del Norte Redwoods State Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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