Requa, California

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Requa is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°32′48″N 124°03′59″W / 41.54667°N 124.06639°W / 41.54667; -124.06639Coordinates: 41°32′48″N 124°03′59″W / 41.54667°N 124.06639°W / 41.54667; -124.06639
CountryUnited States
CountyDel Norte County
Elevation125 ft (38 m)

Requa (also called Karok) is an unincorporated community in Del Norte County, California. It is on the north bank of the Klamath River less than a mile (1.6 km) from its mouth,[2] at an elevation of 125 feet (38 m).

Requa is a small town on the north bank of the Klamath River. The town was settled by Europeans in 1851 after prospectors arrived. Requa is a Yurok word translated to “mouth of the creek”, the name of a pre-colonial Native-American village (Rekwoi) one mile upstream from today's Requa.[3]

A post office operated at Requa 1878–1970, with closures in 1883 and moves in 1895 and 1898.[2] The name is a version of the original Native American settlement, Rekwoi.[2]

On May 20, 2012, Requa was the first town on the North American continent to experience an annular eclipse from the centerline since May 10, 1994.

Requa was home to one of several salmon canneries for the Klamath Packing & Trading Co. which started in 1881. At its peak, the company was reporting over 10,000 salmon brought in per day, holding the record of 17,000 in 1912.

A portion of the Requa land is part of Redwood National Park, and includes a world-class overlook above the mouth of the Klamath River, providing opportunities for whale and bird watching, among others.[4]


  1. ^ "Requa". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 131. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). Encyclopedia of California. North American Book Dist LLC. Pages 388-389. ISBN 9780403093182.
  4. ^ "Scenic Drives - Redwood National and State Parks (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2016-02-08.

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