Red Bluff (“a good place to live“) is a small community (approximately 14,000 people) located just west of the banks of the Sacramento River in Tehama County. Features a historic downtown district – easily walk-able spread out along Main Street. Downtown has a mix of historical buildings, shops and restaurants. The Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the more picturesque buildings in this part of town – as is the Cone & Kimball Tower (a replica of the clock tower that stood on the original impressive Cone & Kimball building which burned down in 1984). The original bell tower from this building is on display next to the clock tower replica. The iconic State Theatre was built in the mid 1940’s
Red Bluff is the gateway to Lassen National Park on Highway 36 and the Ishi Wilderness area – once home to the last Native American, Ishi – (his adopted name) who walked out of the wilderness near what is now Lassen National Park into ‘western’ civilization in 1911.
Several attractions in town include the William Ide adobe, named after William Ide, a captain of the Bear Flag Revolt but never an owner of the property where the adobe now stands (built in 1852) and Gaumer’s Jewelry (an impressive collection of gems and minerals + a museum). Also close proximity to the Sacramento River and plenty of fishing opportunities. The fairgrounds are home to the annual Red Bluff Roundup – the largest 3-day rodeo event in the entire country (held every April).
Notable folks who have connections to Red Bluff include chef Michael Chiarello (born in town) and Tom Hanks (his mother lived in Red Bluff for years).