Discover Del Norte history at museum

June 13, 2007 12:00 am

About the best place to discover Del Norte County's rich history is the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum. Located in a historic building that once housed the county jail, the museum offers a tantalizing peek into Del Norte's past. Exhibits range from historic photographs to haunting Native American artifacts to the relics from timber industry's heyday to information about the 1964 tsunami that struck Crescent City. The Yurok/Tolowa Room features Native American basketry, rugs, tools and items used in daily life, including fishing the storied salmon, and old photos of tribal members dressed in ceremonial regalia. Other displays depict the arrival of European Ameri-cans, who mined, logged and fished the area, and how they built a society in the remote wilderness of the Redwood Coast. Large photographic displays are of interest in before-and-after scenes of two aquatic disasters that struck Del Norte in 1964, a tsunami in Crescent City and flooding of historic proportions that swept away the town of Klamath. The museum is located at 577 H St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday during May through Septem-ber.