Capetown, California

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Capetown (formerly, Gas Jet and False Cape[1]) is a locality[1] in Humboldt County, California. It is located on the Bear River 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Cape Mendocino,[1] at an elevation of 49 feet (15 m).[2]

The Gas Jet post office operated from 1868 to 1876.[1] The name referred to escaping gas from an oil well.[1] The False Cape post office opened in 1870, changed the name to Capetown in 1879, and closed for good in 1937.[1]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Capetown has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[3]


Coordinates: 40°27′58″N 124°22′02″W / 40.46611°N 124.36722°W / 40.46611; -124.36722