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Shasta County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Siskiyou County in 1852, and to Tehama County in 1856.
The county was named after Mount Shasta. The name is derived from the English equivalent for the Shasta people, the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the Shasta tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established.
In addition to the Shasta people, the area was inhabited heavily by a tribe called the Wintu. At their height, the Wintu had as many as 239 villages in the Shasta County area.
Although Europeans had been to California as early as 1542, when Juan Rodríquez Cabrillo sailed to what is now the San Diego Bay, the indigenous Indians were probably the only people to inhabit the far Northern California region until Russian fur trappers came through the area in 1815.
The first European settlement in the area was established in 1844 by Pierson B. Reading, an early California pioneer who received a Rancho Buena Ventura Mexican land grant for a 26,632 acre area that is now occupied by Redding and Cottonwood. At the time of its establishment, Reading's grant was the northernmost non-native settlement in California.
During the gold rush, the area that is now composed of Redding was called Poverty Flats. In 1868, the first land agent for the Central Pacific Railroad, a former Sacramento politician named Benjamin Bernard Redding, bought property in Poverty Flats on behalf of the railroad so that it could build a northern terminus there. In the process of building the terminus, the railroad also built a town in the same area, which they named Redding in honor of Benjamin Redding. Redding was officially incorporated on October 4, 1887.
In the early twentieth century Redding's economic growth was spurred on by the significant copper and iron mineral extraction industry in the surrounding areas. However, the mining industry eventually declined, causing the economy and the population to dwindle by 1920. In the 1930s, the local economy experienced a boom due to the construction of Shasta Dam to the northwest. The building of the dam, which was completed in 1945, caused Redding's population to nearly double, also spurring the growth and development of other towns in the area.
Originally, Mt. Shasta was within the county, but it is now part of Siskiyou County to the north. Its 14,179-foot (4,322 m) peak is visible throughout most of Shasta County.
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