Weitchpec, California

Weitchpec, California

Coordinates: 41°11′17″N 123°42′30″W / 41.18806°N 123.70833°W / 41.18806; -123.70833

—  Unincorporated community  —
Weitchpec is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°11′17″N 123°42′30″W / 41.18806°N 123.70833°W / 41.18806; -123.70833
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 361 ft (110 m)

Weitchpec (formerly, Durkee's Ferry and Weitchpec Bar)[2] is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California, United States.[1] It is located 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Eureka,[2] at an elevation of 361 feet (110 m).[1] The ZIP Code is 95546.[3]

Weitchpec is located in the northern part of the state at the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and the junction of State Highways 96 and 169.[4]

Weitchpec was originally the site of a Yurok village. The name Durkee's Ferry recalls Clark W. Durkee, who operated a ferry at the place in 1851.[2] In 1855, a temporary Federal post called Camp Strowbridge was established at Weitchpec, it was later called Fort Wool. A post office operated at Weitchpec from 1858 to 1860 and from 1891 to 1962.[2]

Today Weitchpec features Pearson's Grocery, a small store/gas station; the Yurok Tribal Office and Community Center; and Weitchpec Elementary School.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Weitchpec, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 165. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ USGS Map "Weitchpec Quadrangle, 1997" 7.5 min. series

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