Redding is situated along the Siskiyou route, an ancient trade route that connected Central California with the Pacific Northwest. It was occupied by Native Americans of the Wintu tribe from about the year 1000. The first foreign settlers in the area was Pierson B. Reading, an early pioneer in California. Later when Southern Pacific Railroad Company built a railway line with the Sacramento Valley, he decided that he had no interest in making a short detour west to reach the former city of Shasta mining due to the cost to generate. Instead the railroad tracks went through an area with unfavorable name "Poverty Flats" was born with what the city of Redding. Named by the Southern Pacific settlement with the name of the railroad man Benjamin B. Redding, the town was renamed "Reading" in 1874, to honor local pioneer Pierson B. Reading. However, the railroad would not recognize the change, and the original name, Redding, was restored in 1880.
In Redding you can visit places like Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Sundial Bridge or Redding