Founded in 1850, Weaverville is a historic California Gold Rush town. Nestled at the foot of the current day Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Weaverville was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners, and had its own Chinatown.
Logging, tourism and marijuana production were the economic mainstays of Weaverville for many years. The regional economy has been in steady decline for many years, with only a small uptick brought introduced by the global real estate bubble. Trinity county's unemployment rate - as of April, 2009 - stood at 20.9 % (NY Times).