Whitethorn, California

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Coordinates: 40°01′26″N123°56′35″W / 40.02389°N 123.94306°W / 40.02389; -123.94306

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Whitethorn, California
Unincorporated community
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Location in the state of California
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Whitethorn, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°01′26″N123°56′35″W / 40.02389°N 123.94306°W / 40.02389; -123.94306
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation [1] 1,024 ft (312 m)

Whitethorn (formerly, Thorn) is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California. [1] It is located 9.5 miles (15 km) southwest of Garberville, [2] at an elevation of 1024 feet (312 m), population 817. [1] Whitethorn shares a zip code with Shelter Cove, California. It is located along California's Lost Coast. The ZIP Code is 95589. [3]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Humboldt County, California County in California, United States

Humboldt County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 132,646. The county seat is Eureka.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Overview

The Thorn post office opened in 1888, closed in 1923, reopened in 1951, and changed its name to Whitethorn in 1961. [2] The Whitethorn post office is located near Thorn Junction on the road between Shelter Cove and Whitethorn. Some remote areas in northern Mendocino County are also served by this post office and thus have Whitethorn addresses.

Thorn Junction is a locality in Humboldt County, California. It is located 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of Garberville, at an elevation of 984 feet (300 m).

Whitethorn Elementary School (grades K-7) is located in Whitethorn and is part of the Southern Humboldt Unified School District. Students from the Whitethorn area attend South Fork High School in Miranda.

Miranda, California Census designated place in California, United States

Miranda is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. It is located 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Phillipsville, in the heart of redwood country, at an elevation of 351 feet. The ZIP Code is 95553. The population was 520 at the 2010 census.

Whale Gulch Elementary (grades K-8) and Whale Gulch High School are about 3 miles (5 km) southeast from Whitethorn. They have Whitethorn addresses, but are located in Mendocino County and are part of the Leggett Valley Unified School District.

About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) south of central Whitethorn is Redwoods Monastery, a community of Cistercian nuns.

The Abbey of Our Lady of the Redwoods is a monastic community of the Trappistine branch of Cistercian nuns located in Whitethorn, California, within the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Cistercian nuns

Cistercian nuns are female members of the Cistercian Order, a religious order belonging to the Roman Catholic branch of the Catholic Church.

The ZIP Code is 95589. The community is inside area code 707.

Area code 707 California telephone area code

Area code 707 is a California telephone area code that was split from area code 916 on March 1, 1959. It covers the northwestern portion of the state of California. It serves part of the northern San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the North Coast and the northwestern portion of the state. Major cities in the area code include Napa, Sebastopol, Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Fort Bragg, Crescent City, Eureka, Clearlake, Vacaville, Ukiah, and northwestern California. In addition, when area code 916 split into area code 530 on November 1, 1997, the Dixon area moved from area code 916 to 707 and also from the Sacramento LATA into the San Francisco LATA.

Climate

Whitethorn has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb) that is characterized by warm (but not hot) dry summers, and mild to chilly rainy and/or snowy winters. In Whitethorn's case, the climate is moderated by the proximity to the Pacific Ocean with small temperature variations on average throughout the year, which results in comfortable year-round temperatures.

Climate data for Whitethorn, California
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C) 78
(26)
80
(27)
76
(24)
80
(27)
82
(28)
85
(29)
76
(24)
82
(28)
86
(30)
84
(29)
78
(26)
77
(25)
86
(30)
Average high °F (°C) 54
(12)
55
(13)
55
(13)
56
(13)
58
(14)
60
(16)
61
(16)
62
(17)
62
(17)
61
(16)
58
(14)
55
(13)
58
(15)
Daily mean °F (°C) 48
(9)
49
(9)
49
(9)
50
(10)
53
(12)
56
(13)
57
(14)
58
(14)
57
(14)
55
(13)
52
(11)
49
(9)
53
(11)
Average low °F (°C) 41
(5)
43
(6)
43
(6)
45
(7)
48
(9)
51
(11)
52
(11)
53
(12)
51
(11)
49
(9)
45
(7)
42
(6)
47
(8)
Record low °F (°C) 26
(−3)
27
(−3)
30
(−1)
34
(1)
36
(2)
41
(5)
46
(8)
46
(8)
41
(5)
32
(0)
30
(−1)
21
(−6)
21
(−6)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 6.20
(157.5)
5.00
(127)
5.20
(132.1)
2.80
(71.1)
1.80
(45.7)
0.60
(15.2)
0.20
(5.1)
0.30
(7.6)
0.80
(20.3)
2.90
(73.7)
5.80
(147.3)
6.30
(160)
37.9
(962.6)
Source: http://www.myforecast.com/bin/climate.m?city=520760&metric=false

Politics

In the state legislature, Whitethorn is in the 2nd Senate District , represented by Democrat Mike McGuire, [4] and the 2nd Assembly District , represented by Democrat Jim Wood. [5]

Federally, Whitethorn is in California's 2nd congressional district , represented by Democrat Jared Huffman. [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whitethorn, California
  2. 1 2 Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 167. ISBN   1-884995-14-4.
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