Trinity County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,786, making it the fourth-least populous county in California. The county seat and largest community is Weaverville.
It takes its name from the Trinity River, named in 1845 by Major Pearson B. Reading, who was under the mistaken impression that the stream emptied into Trinidad Bay. Trinity is the English version of Trinidad.
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Trinity County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of
statehood. Parts of the county were given to Klamath County in 1852 and to Humboldt County in 1853.
Klamath County ceased to exist in 1874 after it was dissolved due to corruption and widespread electoral
Pursuant to an act of the Legislature, approved May 28, 1851, this county, then including also what is now Humboldt, was publicly freed from Shasta tutelage, and five commissioners appointed by the act to superintend the election; but none of these were from what is now Trinity County. The first officers elected were: Dr. Johnson Price, Judge; William Cunningham, District Attorney; John C. Burch, Clerk; William H. Dixon, Sheriff; J. W. McGee, Assessor; Thomas L. Ball, Treasurer.
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,208 square miles (8,307 km2),
of which, 3,179 square miles (8,233 km2) of it is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) of it (0.90%) is
water. The county contains a significant portion of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, home to the Trinity
Alps. The county hosts many visitors, especially during summer months, for camping, backpacking, and
fishing. The summers tend to be clear, sunny, warm, and very dry, with little rain from June to
September except for some mountain thunderstorms in the highest elevations. The winters tend to have
copious precipitation, falling mostly as rain under 1000m/3300 ft in the valley bottoms, and mostly as
snow over 1000m/3300ft on the mountainsides. December, January, and February are the wettest. There is
an extensive wild river & stream system, and the terrain is quite rugged & forested, with the highest
points at around 9,000 ft (2,700 m) The Klamath Mountains occupy the vast portion of the county.
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