Weott, CA


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Weott is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. It is located 375 km north of San Francisco, California and 40 km due west of the Pacific Ocean. Lower Weott is situated at an elevation of 100m along the Avenue of the Giants and in the flood plain of the South Fork of the Eel River. The population was 288 at the 2010 census.
Due to flooding in 1955 and 1964, nearly all residents now live in the hills above the flood plain, mostly at elevations of 120m - 200m. The greater area of Weott encompasses the Bull Creek, Dyerville, Southfork, Camp Grant and Burlington areas. Weott's local services are run by the Weott Community Service District, which controls the town's sewage treatment facility and water supply. The town's water comes from a spring across the Eel River. In summer, early morning and late evening fog typically protect the area from temperature extremes. Though daytime highs occasionally reach into the high 30s, they are more typically below 30°C. Due to its proximity to the ocean and its position in the shadow of 1 030m-high Grasshopper Peak, the area has an intense rainy season lasting from November through May. Locals report typical annual accumulations of 200 cm, though the range is 70 cm to 250 cm. Due to its moist climate, the town is surrounded on most sides by redwoods. Though most of the redwoods are second growth, the adjacent Humboldt Redwoods State Park has nearly 7 000 hectares of old growth and includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest contiguous stand of old growth redwoods in the world. Weott is located close to Giant Tree, a 108m-tall redwood, and the Dyerville Giant, a 113m-tall redwood that toppled in 1991.
Weott, which had been informally known as McKee's Mill and Helms Camp, put in a request for a post office in 1925. As a way to decide the name that would be submitted to the US Postal Service, locals held a naming contest. Weott was chosen as the winner. The ZIP Code is 95571, with four-digit suffixes tied to post office box numbers. There is no home delivery in Weott. Weott is in area code 707.