Red Bluff, California
First settled in the 1840’s and incorporated in 1876, Red Bluff served an important role in the early history of the northern state. Originally the “head of navigation” on the Sacramento River. Steamship freight was off-loaded here for delivery to the Trinity mining camps to the northwest. Lumber and agricultural products were the primary exports. Today, wood products and agriculture continue to be important economically. The fertile Sacramento Valley soils produce bountiful orchard and field harvests of walnuts, almonds, prunes, corn and alfalfa. In the more upland outlying areas, livestock (primarily cattle and sheep) production continues to dominate the landscape. While the steamships no longer navigate the river, Interstate 5, and State Highway 99 and 36 efficiently connect the city to Redding, Chico, Sacramento and points beyond. A modern airport with a 6,000′ runway is owned and operated by the City. Many of the pre-1900 Victorian homes have been painstakingly restored either as homes or professional offices. The restored Victorians and additional commerce buildings downtown contribute to a unique small town charm that attracts residents and visitors alike. Today over 13,000 people proudly call the city “home”, while another 14,000 live in the adjacent unincorporated area. Nestled in the northern Sacramento Valley, Red Bluff is just 90 minutes north of Sacramento and lies Tehama County.