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I haven't been up to Shasta Lake yet, but plan to go soon. There are a few places I want to check out. Before the lake was created, there were many people who lived throughout the entire lake area....
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Like the photo says, this is a bird's eye view of Delamar looking to the west. The Bully Hill smelter is located in the center. All that's left of anything in this photo are the piles of bricks and slag...
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This film was sent to me by railroad historian Rick Marty of Bella Vista. Even though it is not a film of Shasta County logging (it is taken in Weed and Tenant), the very same type of logging took place...
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When the California & Oregon Railroad (also known as the Central Pacific Railroad) arrived at Redding in 1872, all track laying stopped at Redding while the railroad regrouped to make plans to lay tracks for the first time in the...
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For years (and years) I and many others have tried in vain to find out what happened to the clock tower (see photo) that once stood on the top of the previous Shasta County courthouse. The Lady of Justice stood...
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Notice the year in the ad is 1854. This was still during the Gold Rush years and chickens were a real rarity. I'm sure every man and woman in this county would have loved to have a chicken on their...
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Don't know about you, but this place scares me to death. There's no chance I'll ever go near it. Just thought you'd all like to see what it looks like underneath the water....
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Sorry everyone, but I'm putting the contest on hold for awhile. Need a break. The contest will return, but right now I'm not sure when. Have a merry Christmas (hope Santa brings you something really nice) and a happy holiday...
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Believe it or not, that's Richard B. Eaton as a young man opening one of the iron doors at Shasta for Mae Helene Bacon Boggs. They knew each other for years. She is the person most responsible for saving the...
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Delamar was located near the Bully Hill Mine on the Squaw Creek arm of what is now Shasta Lake and was a rich gold, silver and copper mining town. The shoreline of Shasta Lake is located approximately where Delamar's Main...
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Campredding guessed it correctly as Jillsonville at 9:15 a.m. Jillsonville was the company town of the Gladstone Mine. Congratulations to campredding and a big thank you to Jack's Grill for the $25 gift certificate! And thank you to everyone who...
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What town were these company cottages located in? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer, you'll win a $25 gift certificate and an award certificate with your name and the...
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It's no longer there but it used to stand on the east side of the road across from the Manton bar and store. I don't know who the man sitting on the wooden box is behind the horses, but I...
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See the three square concrete pieces in the Sacramento River? They are what the 9.6-mile-long conveyor belt to Coram stood on as it made its way from the Kutras gravel deposit to the base of Shasta Dam at Coram. The...
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Lewis Brewster arrived in northern California in the early 1870s and went to work as a Wells Fargo stagecoach driver. In 1878 he homesteaded 160 acres near Burney and built the Brewster Stage Station on Tamarac Road in 1881 which...
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The mystery photo is the Smith ranchhouse that once stood on the Shasta College campus. Shasta College purchased the Smith ranch and built the college on the property. The house stood in front of the theatre building on the knoll...
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Whose old ranchhouse was this? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer, you'll win a $25 gift certificate and an award certificate with your name and the mystery photo. Guesses...
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This is Reid's Ferry that began operating in 1860 across the Sacramento River in Redding. It existed even before 1860, but under different ownerships - was previously Shaw's Ferry, Green's Ferry, Hunt Ferry and Nichol's Ferry. When Edward Reid purchased...
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The answer to the mystery photo question is Ludwig. And the winner is campredding who guessed it correctly at 9:23 a.m. Ludwig's bridge was a toll bridge built across Cottonwood Creek just about where Hooker Creek Road would end at...
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This is a drawing of one of the first bridges in Shasta County. When finished, it was a toll bridge. Who owned it? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer,...
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Construction started on Shasta Dam in 1938 so lets hope that by the time the dam was finished and water started to fill the lake these smelter remains had been taken away. The fumes from this smelter sometimes enveloped the...
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This house is located at the intersection of Fender's Ferry Road and Hwy. 299 in Montgomery Creek. It is not Halcumb's original stage stop house. The first house burned in 1895 and this house was built on the same spot....
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Rob Patterson, also known as Rob the Dump Guy, of French Gulch once worked at the French Gulch dump. He loved historic things and he lives in one of those historic houses on Main Street in French Gulch. While he...
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The mystery photo is the Big Bend Hot Springs bath house. And the winner is youngold1 who guessed it correctly at 12:57 p.m. Congratulations to our winner and a big thank you to Jack's Grill for providing our winner for...
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What is this and where is it? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer, you'll win a $25 gift certificate and an award certificate with your name and the mystery...
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I don't know when the photo was taken but it is obviously very old. I love it because it takes you back to days of long ago. The Masons purchased the land where the Igo Oddfellows building (aka The Igo...
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This is the same Wells Fargo building talked about in today's Record Searchlight story. Don't know when it was taken, but it's obviously a very old picture. I have always thought this building was the oldest remaining wooden building in...
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Even though it's no longer there, people still talk about this hotel. It stood on the northwest corner of Main Street and French Gulch Road; a house now stands on the spot where the hotel once stood. It was built...
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The picture on the left was the Engle Inn Resort in Castella (taken by Marilyn Rountree). It is located on Castella Loop Road and sits across the road from the Sacramento River. I took the picture of Castle Crags...
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A Joss House and a red brick prayer furnace (see photo) were once located at Shasta; the prayer furnace was used only for funeral ceremonies. When a funeral took place, a fire was built inside and tinsel flowers decorated with...
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When Shasta County's first county hospital at Shasta closed, this building was built in south Redding on what was called Hospital Lane. Now it is called Breslauer Lane for the family who once owned the land. This hospital was built...
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This is as far as a proposed basilica made it. If built, the building was supposed to have surpassed any other building in the gold country, complete with walls of cut stone copied after the architecture of the Italian Renaissance....
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The old Pit River bridge in the foreground is still there in Shasta Lake. It was never demolished. Since the lake water is getting lower and lower, I'm hoping that someone will see it down there. It is on the...
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The barn was built by Steven Return Hubbard in approximately 1869 on what was then the Hubbard Ranch on South Fork Road in Igo. The barn sits right beside the road; you can almost reach out and touch it as...
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What is the name of the building on the right and what town is it in? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer, you'll win a $25 gift certificate and...
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Swedish immigrant Olof Olson and his American wife Irene (nee Bosworth) purchased the property in 1926. Olof commissioned his friend Elmer Torpin, a master craftsman also from Sweden to design and build a barn similar to the barns of...
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Sounds like some good old-fashioned fun. It's being put on by the Fort Crook Museum, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the InterMountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. $10 at the door. The museum people say it will be their most unusual...
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This famous cave was created 200-300 million years ago during the Permian Age. It contains fossils of corals, snails, clams, giant ground sloths, oxen, camels, and more. The variety and quality of the remains excavated from the cave are surpassed...
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Kimball Plains Road is a little country road about seven miles west of downtown Cottonwood on the north side of Gas Point Road. It is named for the Kimball family who were long-time sheepmen in Shasta and Tehama counties. The...
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It looks like one but it's not. It's a historic cold storage room cut into the side of the hill. Many of you have probably seen it on the far side (east side) of Clear Creek as you drive into...
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Please accept my apology for not posting the History Mystery Photo Contest yesterday. The truth is, I completely forgot. Since my surgery I haven't really been myself, but I promise to have it up there again next Friday at 9:00...
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David Kerr, a local history lover and avid walker, wrote to tell me he liked my recent story on Mill Creek and provided more information: "There are two apple trees, planted by the miner or his wife, about 100 yards...
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I've been emailing with Judith Lenhart, a descendant of the Gas Point/Bald Hills Maupin pioneer family who wrote to thank me for my recent stories on Gas Point and the Bald Hills, and to also tell me interesting family stories....
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Hi everyone, Here's a little information and who to call to register for the class I'll be teaching at Simpson University next month. On the day of the first class, volunteers will direct you to a parking space and also...
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All of these places are inside the Tower House Historic District at Whiskeytown. The tenant house (see photo) is on the trail across Crystal Creek behind the Camden House. The house was built in approximately 1919 for the Camden...
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The mystery photo is the air raid warning tower that once stood in Cottonwood. Michael Kuker guessed it correctly at 10:03 a.m. Congratulations Mike! You have won yourself a $25 gift certificate from Jack's Grill on California Street in downtown...
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What is that contraption on legs and what town was it located in? Welcome to the History Mystery Photo Contest. If you're the first person to give the correct answer, you'll win a $25 gift certificate from the world famous...
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