Photo by Peter Thody
Like any good county museum, Del Norte has plenty to offer the casual visitor in terms of Native American artifacts, pioneer tools and suchlike, but there also are two collections of particular note. One records the terrible destruction delivered on Crescent City in 1964 by the most powerful tsunami ever to hit the US. The other tells the tale of the 1865 Brother Jonathan shipwreck just off the coast from Crescent City. With the loss of more than 200 lives (and a large cargo of gold!), this was California's worst maritime disaster.
If you go:
The museum building served the county jail from 1926 to 1963 and jail cells still serve as exhibit rooms on the second floor. Opening hours from May to September are 10.00-4.00, Monday to Saturday. For the rest of the year, the museum is open Mondays and Saturdays only.
Book: "The Raging Sea: The Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History" by Dennis M. Powers
577 H Street
Crescent City, California 95531 USA
+1 (707) 464-3922