Gualala, California

Gualala, California

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Gualala, California
other_name = Wallholla
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = California
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Mendocino
timezone = Pacific
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 38 |latm = 45 |lats = 57 |latNS = N
longd = 123 |longm = 31 |longs = 41 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 15
elevation_ft = 49
elevation_footnotes = gnis|224701|Gualala]
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 95445
area_code = 707
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 06-31428
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 224701

Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. state of California. It is located on the Pacific coast at the mouth of the Gualala River, on State Route 1. It serves as a commercial center for the surrounding area. Gualala was once a logging town, but tourism is now its central economic activity.


In the state legislature Gualala is located in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Pat Wiggins, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Gualala is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url= | accessdate = 2007-10-20] and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.


"Gualala" was the name given to the site of today's Gualala by the Pomo indigneous people. The literal translation is "coming down water place", or less literally, "riverside," or "where the river meets the sea."

The American settlement of Gualala was first established by the construction of a hotel, saloon and a lumber mill in the 1860s. Logging the local redwood trees became especially profitable after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, when huge amounts of lumber were needed to rebuild the city.


External links

* [ Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Gualala, CA Travel Information]

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