Alderpoint, California

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Alderpoint
census-designated place
Alderpoint is located in California
Alderpoint
Alderpoint
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°10′35″N 123°36′42″W / 40.17639°N 123.61167°W / 40.17639; -123.61167Coordinates: 40°10′35″N 123°36′42″W / 40.17639°N 123.61167°W / 40.17639; -123.61167
Country  United States
State  California
County Humboldt County
Area[1]
 • Total 2.429 sq mi (6.291 km2)
 • Land 2.429 sq mi (6.291 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 472 ft (144 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 186
 • Density 77/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95511[3]
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 2611374; 1657909
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California

Alderpoint (formerly, Alder Point)[4] is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California at an elevation of 472 feet (144 m),[2] 11 miles (18 km) east-northeast of Garberville.[4] The ZIP Code is 95511, it is inside area code 707 and had a population of 186 in the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The town began in 1910 as a center for construction of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.[4] The first post office at Alderpoint opened in 1911.[4]

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Alderpoint had a population of 186. The population density was 76.6 people per square mile (29.6/km²). The racial makeup of Alderpoint was 170 (91.4%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 9 (4.8%) Native American, 1 (0.5%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 1 (0.5%) from other races, and 5 (2.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10 persons (5.4%).

The Census reported that 186 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 80 households, out of which 19 (23.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 29 (36.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 10 (12.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 9 (11.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 9 (11.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 29 households (36.3%) were made up of individuals and 3 (3.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33. There were 48 families (60.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.83.

The population was spread out with 32 people (17.2%) under the age of 18, 11 people (5.9%) aged 18 to 24, 43 people (23.1%) aged 25 to 44, 75 people (40.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 25 people (13.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females there were 111.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.5 males.

There were 93 housing units at an average density of 38.3 per square mile (14.8/km²), of which 58 (72.5%) were owner-occupied, and 22 (27.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 144 people (77.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 42 people (22.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Alderpoint
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.6
(12)
59.1
(15.1)
62.3
(16.8)
68.2
(20.1)
74.4
(23.6)
81.4
(27.4)
90.9
(32.7)
90.3
(32.4)
86.7
(30.4)
74.8
(23.8)
61.3
(16.3)
53.7
(12.1)
71.39
(21.89)
Average low °F (°C) 35.4
(1.9)
37.9
(3.3)
38.8
(3.8)
41.2
(5.1)
45.4
(7.4)
49.4
(9.7)
52.4
(11.3)
52.2
(11.2)
48.6
(9.2)
44
(7)
40.5
(4.7)
36.3
(2.4)
43.51
(6.42)
Precipitation inches (mm) 10.6
(269)
7.8
(198)
5.8
(147)
3.2
(81)
1.6
(41)
0.5
(13)
0
(0)
0.4
(10)
0.8
(20)
3.6
(91)
7.3
(185)
9.4
(239)
51
(1,294)
Source: Weatherbase[6]

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Alderpoint is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[7] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[8]

Federally, it is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[9]

Notable people[edit]

"Murder Mountain"[edit]

The Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint[10][11] is called "Murder Mountain" from the actions of the Carson serial killers including the murder of 26-year-old Clark Stephens on May 17, 1982,[12] and for other disappearances, murders and rumored murders.[13] Two high-profile missing persons are Robert 'Bobby' Tennison, a 38-year-old father of four, missing since January 2009[14][15] and Garret Rodriquez, a 29-year-old from San Diego, California, who was reported missing on April 25, 2013 by his father.[16] In their last conversation in December 2012, Mr. Rodriguez told his father he was headed to "Murder Mountain" to work on a marijuana grow.[17] After he went missing, his truck was found in June 2013.[18][19] On December 1, 2013 human remains were found in a grave on a private property on Jewitt Ranch Road, one day after private investigators received an anonymous tip to the exact location of a grave believed to be Rodriquez's.[20] On December 17, the remains were identified as Rodriquez and he was confirmed a victim of a homicide.[21] It is suspected that the anonymous tip came from a confession extracted from the man responsible for the murder,[20] who gave up the information after being kidnapped, shot twice and threatened by a group of eight local vigilantes on Thanksgiving Day.[22]

Across the valley from Rancho Sequoia on Pratt Mountain, 24-year-old Dirk Dickenson was shot in the back by a federal agent during a military-style federal raid which arrived at his property by helicopter.[23][24] Dickenson was found blameless by a Federal Department of Justice investigation; charges against his killer were moved to federal court and ultimately dismissed.[25] He was posthumously on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine[26] and is recognized as the first victim of the U.S. war on drugs.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 8. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Alderpoint CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Alderpoint, California". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Morey, Dave. "Location: Alderpoint". Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Humboldt County, California. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Stover, Franklin (December 25, 2013). "Missing persons coverage uneven". Eureka Times-Standard. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  12. ^ “‘Religious Reasons’ Cited – Murder Suspects Admit Slayings”, The Press-Courier, Oxnard, California, April 28, 1983, p. 31, accessed July 13, 2013
  13. ^ McDonough, Elise, [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/high-times/murder-mayhem-marijuana_b_4228303.html Humboldt County: Murder, Mayhem and Marijuana, Huffington Post, November 6, 2013, accessed December 23, 2013
  14. ^ Stover, Franklin, Robert 'Bobby' Tennison still missing in SoHum; holidays heighten painful loss, Humboldt Beacon, November 25, 2009, accessed July 13, 2013
  15. ^ Stover, Franklin, Robert 'Bobby' Tennison still missing Last seen in Alderpoint area two years ago Humboldt Beacon, February 2, 2011, accessed July 13, 2013
  16. ^ Man believed to be in Humboldt to work on marijuana farm reported missing, Eureka Times-Standard, April 30, 2013, accessed July 13, 2013
  17. ^ Father reports son missing after talk of 'Murder Mountain', Eureka Times-Standard, May 1, 2013, accessed July 13, 2013
  18. ^ Chalmers, Colleen, Family seeks answers in disappearance of SoCal man headed to 'Murder Mountain'; Private investigator: His truck was found in Garberville area, The Willits News, June 22, 2013, accessed July 13, 2013
  19. ^ Williams, Linda, Where have all the missing persons gone?, Ukiah Daily Journal, September 28, 2013, accessed December 23, 2013
  20. ^ a b Kemp, Kym, Private Investigator Chris Cook Reveals Sources May Have Heard Confession of Garret Rodriguez’s Murder, Lost Coast Communications, December 6, 2013, accessed December 20, 2013
  21. ^ Greenson, Thaddeus, Body on Humboldt County's 'Murder Mountain' is that of missing California man, San Jose Mercury News, December 18, 2013, accessed December 23, 2013
  22. ^ Kemp, Kym, Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office Unready to Confirm Connection in Recent SoHum Cases to Garret Rodriquez, Lost Coast Communications, December 5, 2013, accessed December 20, 2013
  23. ^ Michael Woodiwiss (2001). Organized Crime and American Power: A History. University of Toronto Press. pp. 275–. ISBN 978-0-8020-8278-7. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Petition of Lloyd Clifton for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, Petitioner-Appellee, v. Gene Cox, Sheriff of Humboldt County, California, Respondent-Appellant, 549 F.2d 722 No. 75-1585, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, March 4, 1977, accessed July 13, 2013
  25. ^ 10 police raids gone wrong: 1972: Dirk Dickenson, ABA Journal, American Bar Association, 2013, accessed July 13, 2013
  26. ^ RS135: Dirk Dickenson, Nark Crime Victim, Illustration by James McMullan, Rolling Stone Magazine, May 24, 1973, accessed July 13, 2013
  27. ^ Moskos, Peter, Lockdown Nation, Pacific Standard, July 9, 2013, accessed July 13, 2013

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