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Old 04-11-2007, 07:28 AM
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one of the posters here sent me an I.M. and asked me to re-comment on Red Bluff...

Im happy there are people that enjoy where they live... and the lifestyle opportunities.. or in some cases NOT having opportunities

As in all things... opinions are just that.. opinions..

I apologize if any Red Bluffians felt slighted by my comments, that was not my intent.

I, personally, see Red Bluff in a certain way. Its still pretty "oakie"... some people like that lifestyle... some dont..Before I moved up here I visited a friend living there many times which helped me solidify a decision RB wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted better life options than it offered me, continuing education being one of them, more medical choices, more shopping choices. I didnt feel like driving to Redding (45 minutes) to have better options.

There are activities Red Bluff IS good for (ranching, horses, dry farming..um if you can find anything that will grow in 120 degree heat)... none of these fit my parameters. For me Redding worked out better, higher in elevation, closer to the lakes, closer to more outdoor usable recreation (who wants to be outside in 117 degree heat standing on the burnt plain of summer Red Bluff,, no one,, not even you locals)

For me Red Bluff isnt different than many small towns. no better no worse ..

The person who started this thread would know in 10 minutes driving around main street and a couple of "country" drives in the middle of summer if they had any interest in the area.

Now.. as to you Red Bluffians.. Im glad you have Wal Mart .. cuts the traffic down in Redding


A caveat... California towns including Red Bluff are all pretty much seeing an influx of what one poster stated,, boom box mentality.. it may be worse in California than other states.. to me it feels worse,, but I imagine its societal. One thing is for sure,, ALL California real estate skyrockets upward.. too many people..
I would be interested in some Red Bluffians expanding on the quality of life.. are you experiencing an upsurge of illegal aliens? whats the well water quality like? Wasn't there some toxic dump battery recycling place that affected it, just east of the city? (I was looking at 40 acre parcels there originally and got scared away)

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Old 05-02-2007, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Scotts Valley, CA
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Red Bluff is certainly one of the best places for people like me. Not too many women without teeth, more in Cottonwood. It seems as if it (and Cottonwood sort of) is the only place in the area that has managed to escape new developments and lots of outsiders.....not too many illegal pickers up here, you can tell when they are around. If it weren't for the California laws and stupid sprawl in Redding I probably would live here. It is also great if you are a train buff, decent amount, some great photos to be found between Cottonwood and Red Bluff, Hooker in particular.
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I'm very glad you're enjoying living in Redding, and by all means do stay there since it's filled with such great opportunities. I would, however, be remiss if I didn't at least correct a few of the inaccuracies in your post. Believe me, I'm not in any way trying to convince you that you should move to Red Bluff, but you should know that it does not take 45 minutes to get to Redding... a bit of an exaggeration. Also, there are many activities in Red Bluff that you failed to mention, such as boating and visiting the Diversion Dam, in addition to, of course, the world's largest 3-day rodeo and the Boat Drags--both extremely popular annual events.

Most importantly, however, I would check one of two things: either your local paper or the weather channel. You will find that not only was your assessment of Red Bluff's temperature a bit of an exaggeration, Redding's temperature is, consistently, reportedly about one degree higher daily during the summer. Just a little FYI for you...

Oh, and I'm really glad you pointed out the Wal-Mart factor. In fact, Wal-Mart has made oodles of money opening in small towns, and Red Bluff was no different. I guess Redding wouldn't qualify as a place needing one. Oh, but wait, Wal-Mart is in Redding as well! I wonder what that could mean...

And no, I don't live in Red Bluff, but when I speak I know what I speak of and I check my facts.

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one of the posters here sent me an I.M. and asked me to re-comment on Red Bluff...

Im happy there are people that enjoy where they live... and the lifestyle opportunities.. or in some cases NOT having opportunities

As in all things... opinions are just that.. opinions..

I apologize if any Red Bluffians felt slighted by my comments, that was not my intent.

I, personally, see Red Bluff in a certain way. Its still pretty "oakie"... some people like that lifestyle... some dont..Before I moved up here I visited a friend living there many times which helped me solidify a decision RB wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted better life options than it offered me, continuing education being one of them, more medical choices, more shopping choices. I didnt feel like driving to Redding (45 minutes) to have better options.

There are activities Red Bluff IS good for (ranching, horses, dry farming..um if you can find anything that will grow in 120 degree heat)... none of these fit my parameters. For me Redding worked out better, higher in elevation, closer to the lakes, closer to more outdoor usable recreation (who wants to be outside in 117 degree heat standing on the burnt plain of summer Red Bluff,, no one,, not even you locals)

For me Red Bluff isnt different than many small towns. no better no worse ..

The person who started this thread would know in 10 minutes driving around main street and a couple of "country" drives in the middle of summer if they had any interest in the area.

Now.. as to you Red Bluffians.. Im glad you have Wal Mart .. cuts the traffic down in Redding


A caveat... California towns including Red Bluff are all pretty much seeing an influx of what one poster stated,, boom box mentality.. it may be worse in California than other states.. to me it feels worse,, but I imagine its societal. One thing is for sure,, ALL California real estate skyrockets upward.. too many people..
I would be interested in some Red Bluffians expanding on the quality of life.. are you experiencing an upsurge of illegal aliens? whats the well water quality like? Wasn't there some toxic dump battery recycling place that affected it, just east of the city? (I was looking at 40 acre parcels there originally and got scared away)
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Oh, and I can't believe I let that "continuing education" flaw go the first time. You do realize that Redding's primary school, Shasta College, is also located in Red Bluff, right? Of course you could also go to Simpson, but frankly there aren't very many jobs available there that pay well enough to afford private college. So enjoy your Redding schooling! So much better than Red Bluff's educational opportunities...
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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Default 1950's Red Bluffian

I was born in Red Bluff 1951 and grew up there left after high school graduation in 1969. Came back a few times for a few months and then left for good late seventies. Last time I passed through the town was July 1987 and it was a bit disorienting for me. I entered town past Diamond National onto Reeds Ave. Reeds was my home street and back in the fifties the Manahans, Luthers, Maseys and Bonhams owned small fields. First the Manahans sold out for a little track house neighborhood. The residents planted little trees then. In 1987 coming down Reeds my childhood memory was stunned at the shock of green. The tiny trees of my childhood were now a green canopy. Or so it seemed. It was as if time had telescoped and I had entered the future. For a few moments I felt faint at the steering wheel!
Hometowns never leave you. They sit in your mind all intact. And when you come back to the place you were born to you are stranger.
I left Red Bluff for London, England because as a child and young person I wanted to get as far away from the place as a plane ticket could take me. A Greyhound bus was not fast enough nor were the roads out as long.
But that's a young person.
I think back to Red Bluff now with a kind of love. I can't say that I would mix with the people there. I've been gone too long. But it haunts with a sweetness as I come across photos on the internet. The courthouse, the State theatre and where is the Clocktower? Zuckweilers?
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Default Free way question

I have a plan to go to red bluff from reno. Somebody please tell me that if I take N 395 , how about the road conditions. Is it very steep or do I need to go there by I 80.'cos I am not very good at driving. What do you think? I don't want to drive on very steep road. Please let me know more about the road conditions. I appreciate for every input. Thanks a lot.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Northern CA
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Default Reno to Red Bluff

I make this trip several times a year and live in Red Bluff. I would recommend using Highway 395 north to Susanville and then Highway 36 to Red Bluff. There's a couple of steep grade sections, but its a good road this time of year. The two passes you'll encounter (Fredonyer and Morgan) are below 6000 feet; much lower than Donner Summit on I-80.


If the grades concern you too much, take 395 north to Highway 70. Take 70 to Oroville then use Highway 99 to Red Bluff.

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I have a plan to go to red bluff from reno. Somebody please tell me that if I take N 395 , how about the road conditions. Is it very steep or do I need to go there by I 80.'cos I am not very good at driving. What do you think? I don't want to drive on very steep road. Please let me know more about the road conditions. I appreciate for every input. Thanks a lot.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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Having just moved back from Las Vegas, at least when it's 120, the low is under 100! Actually, the evening temps have made it back down to the 70's most nights of days over 100. Let me reiterate what was said in defense of Red Bluff... it is in an agricultural area and yes, the emphasis is on rodeos, horse riding and produce. Is that a bad thing? People have this thing about eating, so I don't think that lifestyle will become passe any time soon. If you like to crawl around at night, you will find a bad element anywhere (I was a night crawler for many years, I know!). All I know is, I feel safer in Red Bluff (and Chico) than most places I've been. If you want to check out more, there are links at aboutrb.com... thanks!
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Spent much of my childhood in Chico that included visiting relatives in Red Bluff & Redding. Still remember the red soil & beauty of the upper Sacramento valley. BTW - Redding is consistently warmer than Red Bluff; both are hot & lately deadly hot - Redding 112F \ Red Bluff 114F [rare occasion where Red Bluff was hotter than Redding]
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Red Bluff is my hometown. I've lived in several other communities in other states and can honestly say that all have their own set of pluses and minuses. On the plus side, Red Bluff has pretty mild/comfortable (Meditteranean West Coast climate) weather for three of the four seasons. Summers can be brutally hot. But its truly a dry heat as compared to the midwest or south, and it generally cools off to low 70's on those July/August nights.

Red Bluff occupies an enviable landscape-positioned on a bluff overlooking a cool, shaded river, with mountains forming the backdrop in three of the four cardinal directions. The nearby mountains provide ample recreational opportunities. Varied destinations such as the coast, Reno or Tahoe, Napa Valley, or to the several national forests/parks are within an easy day's drive.

Now, there's not a lot of cultural opportunities in RB. Oh, there is a multi-screen theater, a small local stage group, and some art and garden type associations, and of course the "World Famous" Palomino Room (Kudo's to Doug Reed). There's no Philharmonic Orchestra, or opera company-but what would you expect from a non-college town of about 13,500?

I for one don't believe people don't seek out small towns for their culture-they chose them for the slower paced lifestyle and traditional values. Of course, eventually enough urban refugees move in to change the community character-demanding upgraded services, culture, etc., so that the locals no longer feel part of the community. That transformation is slowly occuring-even in Red Bluff.

For now anyway, Red Bluff is still considered a "Cow Town"; what with the Round-Up and the Bull Sale being the most notable local events. That's OK for those of us who were born and raised here-in fact its a source of pride. Anyone else can either chose to live here because they like that characterization-or they can opt for someplace more urban. To each his own...
I grew up on Cottonwood and spent considerable time in Red Bluff. I found that parts of the town suck and other parts are nice. About what you would find in any city in America. I recall the monster truck rallies as being a pretty major event. Personally, I like the hilly area inbetween Cottonwood and Red Bluff. I am betting the temperatures are somewhat cooler there during the summer...but only by a degree or two. lol

I enjoyed the rodeos in Cottonwood, but if you wanted real action you went to the Red Bluff rodeos. Growing up in that area is sort of a source of pride. When I was a teenager and itching to get out of there, I told everyone I was "born" in San Diego as if I was anything like a San Diegan. Well I lived there for 5 years after high school and I found out I am not "from" San Diego. I am from Cottonwood and I always will be. Someday I hope to be back there, 115 degrees or bust!! (lol, It's ok though..its 111 here in Sacramento so not much of a difference there!)
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