In 1850, settlers to the Del Norte County region established Klamath City, an attempt that would fail to serve as the envisioned stop on a shipping and mining route.
Explorers and miners arrived in the region and set up houses, gardens and farms at the mouth of the river where the Yurok people had long lived.
Shifting sandbars would lead to strandings and shipwrecks that would block the city's success, according to A Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California.
And a failure to quickly get federal money to improve the harbor would prompt its new residents to abandon the town, according to history information from the Redwood National and State Parks service. The settlement was one of many along the coast as settlers arrived to seek gold and claim land.