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Redding, California
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    (October 4, 1887- )
    County seat of Shasta County, California
    Originally settled by the Wintu tribe until the 19th century
    Founded by Pierson B. Reading
    Original name was Poverty Flats
    Population: 89,861 (2010)
    Nicknamed 'Jewel of Northern California'
    Home of the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
    The weather here gets hot and dry in the summer.
    It was called Reading for six years after the founding pioneer until the name was changed back to Redding as the change wasn't recognized by the railroad (1874-1880).
    The population fell from 3,572 to 2,962 due to pollution damage and the decline of copper and iron industries (1920).
    Fatal crashes are a problem on Highway 44 from the city to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
    Its local residents call it 'The Meth Capitol of the World' as methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse are a problem here.
    It has the state's highest rate of registered sex offenders.
    It is on the halfway point between the Canada and Mexico borders on Highway Interstate 5.
    It is the Shasta Cascade Region's largest city.
    Its population went up as the Shasta Dam was built (1945).
    The California Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places preserved the Art Deco designed Cascade Theatre as a multi-use performance venue.
    The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay has the distinction of being the world's largest sundial.
    The Turtle Bay Exploration Park has a botanical garden, two museums and several educational programs.
    MarketFest is held on Thursdays during summer here.
    It is a gateway city to several natural attractions and historical towns.

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