Westport, California

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Westport
Westport's town center
Westport's town center
Westport is located in California
Westport
Westport
Location in California
Westport is located in the United States
Westport
Westport
Westport (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°38′09″N 123°46′59″W / 39.63583°N 123.78306°W / 39.63583; -123.78306Coordinates: 39°38′09″N 123°46′59″W / 39.63583°N 123.78306°W / 39.63583; -123.78306
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyMendocino County
Elevation125 ft (38 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total60
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95488
Area code(s)707

Westport (formerly Beall's Landing) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California.[1] It is located on California State Route 1 near the Pacific Ocean[2] 13 miles (21 km) north of Fort Bragg,[3] at an elevation of 125 feet (38 m).[1]

The first post office at Westport opened in 1879.[3] Originally called Beall's Landing in honor of Samuel Beall, its first white settler, the place was renamed in 1877 by James T. Rodgers who built a timber loading facility for the name to contrast with his home town of Eastport, Maine.[3]

As of July 2010 the population of Westport is 60.[citation needed] It has a community store with gas pumps, and several inns.[4]

Westport and its vicinity have been the locale of several disappearances and homicides over the years, including:

  • Linda Lee Lovell and Stephen Locke Packard, disappeared in June 1974;[5]
  • Christine and Craig Langford, disappeared in January 1981;[6][7]
  • Harlan Sutherland, homicide victim, remains found in August 1987;[8][9]
  • Clyde William Stanley, homicide victim, remains found in March 1988;[10]
  • Donald James Cavanaugh and David Virgil Neily, disappeared in March 2005 and April 2006, respectively, from the same address;[11]
  • Matthew Coleman, murdered in August 2011;[12][13]
  • Abigail, Ciera, Devonte, Hannah, Jeremiah, and Markis Hart, all murdered by their adoptive mothers, Jen and Sarah Hart, on March 26, 2018 when their SUV intentionally drove over a cliff in a mass murder-suicide.[14] The bodies of Devonte and Hannah were never found.[15] Both perpetrators were known to have abused their six children before the crash.[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Westport, California
  2. ^ DeLorme California Atlas & Gazetteer (2008) Yarmouth, Maine p.47 ISBN 0-89933-383-4
  3. ^ 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. 165. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ [1], author unknown, Westport Village Society. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ Dwyer, William M., "A Grieving Mother Finds Hope in Art. New York Times, 13 March 1977. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ [2], Dustin Driscoll, Case Information, NamUS Missing Persons Database, U.S. Department of Justice, 4 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ [3], Dustin Driscoll, Case Information, NamUS Missing Persons Database, U.S. Department of Justice, 4 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ Lois O'Rourke, "Tragedies brought families together on county's coast", Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, CA), 27 November 1992, pp. 1, 14. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  9. ^ Bruce Anderson, Anderson Valley Advertiser (Boonville CA), 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  10. ^ Staff, "Sheriff IDs Westport Remains", Ukiah Daily Journal, (Ukiah, CA), 10 March 1988. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Donald Cavanaugh And David Neily: Two Missing Men, Two Unsolved Mysteries", Huffington Post, 21 November 2013. [4] Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  12. ^ Tim Stelloh, The New York Times, 28 September 2011, Retrieved 16 January 2017
  13. ^ [5] Google map. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  14. ^ Yan, Holly; Simon, Darran; Nieves, Rosalina. "The troubling past of a family whose car plunged off a cliff". CNN. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. ^ Hanna, Jason; Mossburg, Cheri (18 April 2018). "Hart family crash: Body ID'd as 12-year-old Ciera Hart". CNN. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ [https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/podcast-alleges-abuse-before-mother-drove-adopted-kids-off-cliff/news-story/14eb8f0feb672b223a8e3193516b112e Podcast alleges abuse before mother drove adopted kids off cliff (news.com.au)