Northern California February 11, 2017
Blink And You’ll Miss These 9 Teeny Tiny Towns In Northern California
People across the country associate our neck of the woods with big cities, urban sprawl and the tech industry. Lucky for us, there’s a lot more to this place than that. The best part about Northern California, hands down, are the small towns and communities that make up this pretty region.
With a population of just about 200, this little town is easy to breeze by. That is, if you even make it out to Markleeville. It's the county seat of Alpine County, the least populated county of California. It's got an interesting history and now is known for the Markleeville Death Ride, which brings hundreds of cyclists to the area each year.
2. Knights Ferry
This unincorporated foothill community may look familiar. It was a filming location for both Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. It's also home to the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi.
One of the less visited destinations in Sonoma County, Cloverdale started as a railroad stop. The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad first reached this area n 1872.
Logging, the Gold Rush, and tourism are what put this town of about 3,600 on the map. The small town charm of it's historic district make it well worth the visit. It's also the county seat of Trinity County.
Famous for being the first place in California where an oil drill operated, Petrolia is a small, unincorporated community in Humboldt County. It has an an estimated population of 300-500 people within a 15-mile radius.
Located on the North Fork of the Yuba River in the foothills, this small community has a population of under 300 and is another county seat in rural California. It's a Gold Rush town that is now known for it's recreation opportunities.
This sleepy census designated place serves as the retail center for the Lake Almanor area. It is sustained by lumber production and tourism and is part of Plumas County.
Known as the "Gateway to the Redwoods," this small town is located in Mendocino County. It's located in the Little Lake Valley, was settled in 1857, and was the final home of the famous race horse, Seabiscuit
The very definition of a one horse town, Sierraville offers a great combo of mountains and farms. It's downtown consists of a schoolhouse, a post office, and a few other businesses. It is the location of the only traffic light in Sierra County.
What small towns are your favorite and which ones from this list have you been too? Share them with us today and they might be featured in an up coming article!