Gasquet, California

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Gasquet
census-designated place
Gasquet is located in California
Gasquet
Gasquet
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°50′43″N 123°58′10″W / 41.84528°N 123.96944°W / 41.84528; -123.96944Coordinates: 41°50′43″N 123°58′10″W / 41.84528°N 123.96944°W / 41.84528; -123.96944
Country  United States
State  California
County Del Norte County
Area[1]
 • Total 4.822 sq mi (12.491 km2)
 • Land 4.756 sq mi (12.319 km2)
 • Water 0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2)  1.4%
Elevation[2] 384 ft (117 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 661
 • Density 140/sq mi (53/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95543
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 1656041, 2611434

Gasquet (pronounced GAS-kee; formerly spelled Guasquet) is a census-designated place[2] 22 mi (35 km) southwest of the Oregon border in Del Norte County, California, and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Crescent City, with a population of 515. It lies at an elevation of 384 feet (117 m).[2] The ZIP Code is 95543.[3] Its area code is 707. Gasquet is located in the Smith River National Recreation Area and is reputed to be the rainiest place in California with an average annual rainfall of 95 inches (2,400 mm).[4][5]

A post office operated at Gasquet from 1879 to 1902 and from 1949 to present.[6] The name is in honor of Horace Gasquet, its first postmaster.[6]

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Gasquet had a population of 661. The population density was 137.1 people per square mile (52.9/km²). The racial makeup of Gasquet was 585 (88.5%) White, 2 (0.3%) African American, 27 (4.1%) Native American, 1 (0.2%) Asian, 1 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 15 (2.3%) from other races, and 30 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39 persons (5.9%).

The Census reported that 661 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 319 households, out of which 57 (17.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 154 (48.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 22 (6.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 14 (4.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (6.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 8 (2.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 102 households (32.0%) were made up of individuals and 38 (11.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07. There were 190 families (59.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.58.

The population was spread out with 96 people (14.5%) under the age of 18, 30 people (4.5%) aged 18 to 24, 97 people (14.7%) aged 25 to 44, 298 people (45.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 140 people (21.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.0 years. For every 100 females there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

There were 384 housing units at an average density of 79.6 per square mile (30.7/km²), of which 240 (75.2%) were owner-occupied, and 79 (24.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 17.7%. 481 people (72.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 180 people (27.2%) lived in rental housing units.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Gasquet is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[8] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[9]

Federally, Gasquet is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[10]

Noted people from Gasquet[edit]

Canadian Football League quarterback Buck Pierce was born in Gasquet, and went to school in nearby Crescent City. As of 2010 he is the starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[citation needed]

Pioneer Mary Adams Peacock (May 16, 1861- July 13, 1942)[11] carried the U.S. Mail from Crescent City to Grants Pass in the 1880s and 1890s.[12] After operating the hotels at Gasquet Village for nine years under Gasquet family management, she operated the hotels alone for 12 years until marrying Pete Peacock who ran the coach station.[13] In 1932, when the Mary Adams Peacock Bridge across the Smith River on Highway 199 near Gasquet was named, it was the first bridge in the state to be named for a woman.[14] The bridge was built in 1926 and remodeled in 1985.[15] Two plants Anemone adamsiana[16] (considered a variety of Anemone oregana) and Valeriana adamsiana were named for her.[15][17]

Climate data[edit]

Climate data for Gasquet, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
(24)
78
(26)
76
(24)
90
(32)
92
(33)
93
(34)
83
(28)
91
(33)
93
(34)
93
(34)
79
(26)
80
(27)
93
(34)
Average high °F (°C) 54
(12)
55
(13)
56
(13)
58
(14)
61
(16)
63
(17)
65
(18)
66
(19)
65
(18)
62
(17)
57
(14)
54
(12)
59.7
(15.3)
Average low °F (°C) 40
(4)
40
(4)
41
(5)
42
(6)
45
(7)
48
(9)
50
(10)
51
(11)
48
(9)
45
(7)
42
(6)
39
(4)
44.3
(6.8)
Record low °F (°C) 22
(−6)
24
(−4)
28
(−2)
30
(−1)
32
(0)
37
(3)
40
(4)
41
(5)
36
(2)
29
(−2)
25
(−4)
19
(−7)
19
(−7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 10.82
(274.8)
9.25
(235)
9.11
(231.4)
6.34
(161)
3.54
(89.9)
2.01
(51.1)
0.35
(8.9)
0.57
(14.5)
1.19
(30.2)
4.51
(114.6)
10.18
(258.6)
13.70
(348)
71.57
(1,818)
Source: The Weather Channel[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c "Gasquet". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ "Cazadero, California's Second-Wettest Spot". Bay Nature Institute. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  5. ^ http://www.its.bldrdoc.gov/pub/ntia-rpt/86-190/86-190.pdf
  6. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  7. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  8. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mary Adams Peacock, Find a Grave
  12. ^ Historical Women of Del Norte County, The Daily Triplicate, April 30, 2007
  13. ^ Del Norte County Historical Society (Del Norte County, Calif.), Crescent City and Del Norte County, Images of America; Images of America: a history of American life in images and texts. Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 2006, ISBN 9780738530758, page 64.
  14. ^ Welcome to the Wild and Scenic Smith River, California Department of Boating and Waterways
  15. ^ a b Faigin, Daniel P., California Highways Routes 193 through 200, California Highways, 2012
  16. ^ Plant Name Details Ranunculaceae Anemone adamsiana Eastw., IPNI plant database, 2005
  17. ^ Plant Name Details Valerianaceae Valeriana adamsiana Eastw., IPNI plant database, 2005
  18. ^ "Average Weather for Gasquet, CA - Temperature and Precipitation". The Weather Channel. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 

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