Weitchpec, California

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Coordinates: 41°11′17″N 123°42′30″W / 41.18806°N 123.70833°W / 41.18806; -123.70833

Weitchpec
Unincorporated community
Weitchpec is located in California
Weitchpec
Weitchpec
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°11′17″N 123°42′30″W / 41.18806°N 123.70833°W / 41.18806; -123.70833
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 361 ft (110 m)

Weitchpec (formerly, Durkee's Ferry and Weitchpec Bar)[2] (Karuk: ansáfriik,[3] Yurok: Wechpues, Wech) [4] is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California, United States.[1] It is located 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Eureka,[2] at an elevation of 361 feet (110 m).[1] The ZIP Code is 95546.[5]

Weitchpec is located in the northern part of the state at the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and the junction of State Highways 96 and 169.[6]

History[edit]

Weitchpec was originally the site of a Yurok village. The name Durkee's Ferry recalls Clark W. Durkee, who operated a ferry at the place in 1851.[2] In 1855, a temporary Federal post called Camp Strowbridge was established at Weitchpec, it was later called Fort Wool. The settlement was first within the bounds of Trinity County, then in 1851 Klamath County and after 1874, Humboldt County. A post office operated at Weitchpec from 1858 to 1860 and from 1891 to 1962.[2]

Today Weitchpec features Pearson's Grocery, a small store/gas station; the Yurok Tribal Office and Community Center; and Weitchpec Elementary School. As of 2010, evening classes were available in Weitchpec in the Yurok language.[7]

2012 earthquake[edit]

A 5.6 earthquake with an epicenter near Weitchpec struck on February 13, 2012.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Weitchpec, California
  2. ^ 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. 165. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ Bright, William; Susan Gehr. "Karuk Dictionary and Texts". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Yurok Dictionary: Wechpues". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  5. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  6. ^ USGS Map "Weitchpec Quadrangle, 1997" 7.5 min. series
  7. ^ *Atherton, Kelley. "Back from the Brink: Learning the Yurok Language". The Daily Triplicate. Published 16 October 2010. Accessed 30 April 2012.