Located in the northern part of the state of California and the seat of Shasta County, Redding is situated in the northern part of Sacramento Valley. The area where the city presently stands was founded on land called Poverty Flat by California and Oregon. The area was then named after the railroad agent, B.B. Redding, who then developed a shipping point for agriculture and mineral produce. Redding also became a service center for an extensive recreational area near the nearby dams and lakes. The Redding Museum of Art and History has features ethnographic, fine arts, and historical exhibitions. The old mining town in Shasta was considered to be a ghost town was preserved within the Shasta State Historic Park.
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