A lot of us Californians like to hit the open road, explore miles of highway and venture off onto some back roads. Sometimes, we come across towns with some pretty bizarre and surprising names. For this installment in our series “A Place Called What?!” we head to Peanut, in Trinity County.
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"It all started with the post office," Jim French says.
He lives in Weaverville, down the road from Peanut, and is a board member of the Trinity County Historical Society. "I spend time in every nook and cranny in the county, and I consider myself a student of Trinity history."
French says the town now known as Peanut sits along one of the old historic trails from Weaverville to the coast. It was a frequent stopping point for travelers, because it had good water and a natural spring. It was also the site of a famous murder trial in 1892. But back then, the place was called Salt Creek.
In 1908, the town applied for a post office, and was told it had to have just a one-word name.