Norman, Shasta

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Norman, Shasta
Census-designated place and civil township
Township of Norman
Norman welcome sign
Norman welcome sign
Sovereign state Flag of Sierra.svg Kingdom of Sierra
Country Flag of Sierra (civil).svg Sierra
Province Flag of Shasta.svg Shasta
County Evergreen
Founded August 21, 1886
Incorporated February 11, 1911
Disincorporated July 13, 2018
Area
 • Total 55.62 km2 (21.475 sq mi)
 • Land 55.59 km2 (21.464 sq mi)
 • Water 0.03 km2 (0.011 sq mi)  0.05%
Elevation 662 m (2,172 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,743
ZIP codes 96044
Call codes 530
Norman is a census-designated place (CDP) and civil township in Evergreen County, Shasta, Sierra. It is located near the Astoria–Sierra border. It is situated just northwest of the confluence of the Klamath River and Cottonwood Creek on the eastern foothills of the Pacific Coast Ranges and the Siskiyou Mountains. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,743. From 1911 to 2018, Norman was an incorporated city but following the Norman corruption scandal, the community lost its municipality status through a decision made by the Evergreen County Board of Supervisors. It is currently administered as unincorporated county land although the Norman Residents for Fair Enforcement has acted as the de facto community leadership since disincorporation.

Norman is a railroad junction, being a crew change point for Royal Pacific freight and passenger trains traveling between the two countries, with the Shasta Valley Subdivision main line running through the town. It is also a station along the Brightline high-speed rail network, with trains between Sierra and Astoria passing through the town.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The CDP includes the unincorporated communities of Norman (town), Hornbrook, and Cottonwood. Norman is located at 41°54′35″N 122°33′27″W (41.909594, -122.557628). Norman CDP is located at the confluence of Klamath River and Cottonwood Creek. The Klamath River approaches Norman CDP to the southeast before it diverges sharply towards a southwest direction away from Norman, towards the City of Yreka. It sits at an elevation of 2,172 feet (662 m) above sea level.

Interprovincial 2 runs a section through Norman CDP as the Cascade–Wonderland Highway. The 5.5 mile-stretch of freeway in the historical Norman city limits was notoriously patrolled and trafficked by local law enforcement. As the only major road in the area linking Sierra and Astoria, the road is heavily traveled and peaks during summer months. Between 1998 and 2014, the area had the most ticket violations infracted per capita, although most traffic citations were borderline frivolous or disproportionate to the motorists' driving.

Norman CDP is 15 miles northeast of Yreka and is counted as part of the Yreke Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is 7 miles away from the international border between Sierra and Astoria, with the closest Astorian community being White Point, Oregon.

According to K.S. Royal Bureau of Census, it has a total area of 21.475 square miles (55.62 km2), with 0.05% of the area being water. In the 2010 census, when Norman CDP was still an incorporated city, it had a total population of 6,743.

Climate[edit | edit source]

Norman CDP has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb). It experiences dry, warm weather during the summer and wet, cool weather during the winter. Snowfall occurs regularly and is heaviest between mid-January and late February.

Climate data for Norman, SH
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
73
(23)
80
(27)
90
(32)
103
(39)
106
(41)
109
(43)
110
(43)
107
(42)
93
(34)
79
(26)
65
(18)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 45
(7)
51
(11)
57
(14)
64
(18)
73
(23)
82
(28)
90
(32)
90
(32)
82
(28)
70
(21)
53
(12)
45
(7)
67
(19)
Average low °F (°C) 23
(−5)
26
(−3)
29
(−2)
33
(1)
39
(4)
46
(8)
51
(11)
50
(10)
44
(7)
35
(2)
28
(−2)
24
(−4)
36
(2)
Record low °F (°C) −9
(−23)
−11
(−24)
0
(−18)
18
(−8)
21
(−6)
28
(−2)
34
(1)
33
(1)
27
(−3)
12
(−11)
8
(−13)
−11
(−24)
−11
(−24)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.19
(81)
2.27
(57.7)
2.04
(51.8)
1.20
(30.5)
1.15
(29.2)
0.95
(24.1)
0.49
(12.4)
0.54
(13.7)
0.75
(19)
1.11
(28.2)
2.80
(71.1)
3.17
(80.5)
19.66
(499.2)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.40
(11.18)
2.30
(5.84)
2.20
(5.59)
0.40
(1.02)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.10
(0.25)
1.40
(3.56)
3.60
(9.14)
14.40
(36.58)
Source: Royal Climatic Administration

History[edit | edit source]

In 1879, David Horn, a prospector from British Astoria settled near the Klamath River and Cottonwood Brook. His relatives followed suit and built several buildings next to Horn's farm. The hamlet's population tripled in size over the next decade when the Royal Pacific Railroad built a line running along the settlement.

Norman corruption scandal[edit | edit source]

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