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Weaverville

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(4.7/5 based on 85+ reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, scenic drive, museums
Weaverville is a census designated place and the county seat of Trinity County, California in the United States. The population was 3,600 at the 2010 census, up from 3,554 at the 2000 census.HistoryFounded in 1850, Weaverville is a historic California Gold Rush town. Nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Weaverville was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners, and had its own Chinatown.Logging and tourism were the economic mainstays of Weaverville for many years. The regional economy has been in steady decline for many years, with only a small uplift brought about by the global real estate bubble. Trinity county's unemployment rate - as of April, 2009 - stood at 20.9% (NY Times).Weaverville is the home of California's oldest continuously used Chinese temple. The Joss House is now managed by the park system and is open to visitors all year roundWeaverville is often threatened by forest fires.Weaverville Joss House State Historic ParkThe Weaverville Joss House, a Taoist temple, was built in 1874 and is California's best preserved example of a Gold Rush-era Chinese place of worship. The temple is now the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, and its interior, including an intricately carved wooden altar, can be viewed by visitors.Geography and climateWeaverville is located at (40.736687, -122.936208).
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