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Pages of History: July 1969: Klamath relocates

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1969.

Dedication of the townsite of Klamath, which has a jail, court, residential lots and 34 commercial lots awaiting businesses and homes, opened the annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Sunday, June 29, 1969.

Klamath is unique. It is the first town in the history of the United States to be completely relocated as a flood protection measure.

The town was destroyed in the December 1964 floods of the Klamath River and as Supervisor Harold Del Ponte, master of ceremonies for the dedication summarized events leading to the dedication, he said it is now located above flood level at a site selected by the people of Klamath on January 18, 1965.

By March 2, 1965, Klamath was selected as a pilot project at a governor’s conference on rehabilitation of northwestern California communities, and the project moved forward.

An estimated 5,000 people attended the annual Klamath Salmon Festival at which more than a ton of fresh barbecued salmon was served. Booths, Indian dances, cycle races, Indian games and an old-fashioned steam train ride plus lumberjack contests and sunny skies were enjoyed by all from morning until night.

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