The first house where Red Bluff now is an adobe structure put up late in 1849 by John Myers, who conducted it for a short time as a hotel. Being at the head of navigation, Red Bluff soon forged ahead, and during the early mining excitements in the northern mines was a great staging town, and did an immense amount of transhipping and teaming of goods.

It languished later on with the subsidence of activity in the mines, reviving again in the early 1870s on the advent of the railroad.

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The population was 14,076 at the 2010 census, up from 13,147 at the 2000 census.

It is located 131 miles (211 kilometers) north of Sacramento, 31 miles (50 km) south of Redding, and it is bisected by Interstate 5.

[Video Description: Exterior Hampton Inn and Suites Red Bluff, California. Interior of lobby with large red chairs and row of dining tables behind them. In the guest rooms, two queen beds provide another sleeping option. Interior of lobby with a row of couches and chairs facing a TV.

Bathrooms have granite vanities with a coffeemaker. Downtown Red Bluff with clock tower, city street and the Tehama Fairgrounds entrance.

Red Bluff is situated on the banks of the upper Sacramento River.

It was originally known as Leodocia, but was renamed to Covertsburg in 1853. Red Bluff is on the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, and is the third largest city in the Shasta Cascade region. The Nomlaki (Central Wintun) and Southern Yana people originally inhabited the area along the banks of the Sacramento River where Red Bluff was built.

It is about 31 miles (50 km) south of Redding, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Chico, and 131 miles (211 km) north of Sacramento. Most of the native population of the area are thought to have died in a malaria epidemic or smallpox epidemic brought by trappers in the early 1830s, shortly before white settlers arrived in the 1840s.

While the Spanish army officer Gabriel Moraga explored the southern Sacramento Valley in 1808, it was not until the 1821 expedition of Luís Antonio Argüello that Europeans recorded a visit to the Red Bluff area.

Visit Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park or spend the day at the Kelly-Griggs Museum, State Historical Theater, and downtown Red Bluff.