Weitchpec, California

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

Unincorporated community
Weitchpec is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 361 ft (110 m)

Weitchpec (formerly, Durkee's Ferry and Weitchpec Bar)[2] (Karuk: ansáfriik,[3] Yurok: Wechpues, Wech) [4] 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.[5]

Weitchpec (pronounced Wech-Uh-Peck)[6] is located in the northwestern part of the state at the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and the junction of State Highways 96 and 169.[7]


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. The settlement was first within the bounds of Trinity County, then in 1851 Klamath County and after 1874, Humboldt County. 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. As of 2010, evening classes were available in Weitchpec in the Yurok language.[8]

2012 earthquake

A 5.6 earthquake with an epicenter near Weitchpec struck on February 13, 2012.[9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Weitchpec, California
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 165. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bright, William; Susan Gehr. "Karuk Dictionary and Texts". Retrieved 2012-07-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Yurok Dictionary: Wechpues". Retrieved 2012-07-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  6. per Greg Long, The Making of Bigfoot (2004), page 32
  7. USGS Map "Weitchpec Quadrangle, 1997" 7.5 min. series
  8. *Atherton, Kelley. "Back from the Brink: Learning the Yurok Language". The Daily Triplicate. Published 16 October 2010. Accessed 30 April 2012.
  9. Strong Motion Stations for 5.6Mw Weitchpec Earthquake of 13 Feb 2012, 1307 PST, Retrieved January 1, 2015