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Shasta County, California Points of Interest

Map of California State Historical Marker Locations in Shasta

Shasta County Historical Markers

Shasta County Schools
Site of First School in Fall River Valley
In 1868, the first school in Fall River Valley was built near this spot. The windowless building was of log construction and measured 20 feet by 30 fe... [click for more]

Shasta County Historic Homes & Houses
Dersch Homestead
Here in 1850 'Doc' Baker established a stopping place for emigrants on the Lassen and Nobles Trails. George and Anna Maria Dersch took up a homestead ... [click for more]

Reading Adobe
This was the home of Pierson Barton Reading (1816-1868), a California pioneer of 1843. He was a major in Frémont's California Battalion which f... [click for more]

Shasta County - General Interest
Bass Hill
On the summit of Bass Hill a remnant of the California-Oregon stage road crosses the Pacific Highway and descends to the Pit River. Because this was a... [click for more]

Battle Rock
Battle of the Crags was fought below Battle Rock in June 1855. This conflict between the Modoc Indians and the settlers resulted from miners destroyin... [click for more]

Bell’s Bridge
Erected in 1851 by J. J. Bell, this was an important toll bridge on the road from Shasta City to Tehama. Bell's Mansion, erected in 1859 on Clear Cree... [click for more]

Clear Creek
Five miles up the creek, at Reading's Bar, is the site of the discovery of gold by Major Pierson B. Reading and his Indian laborers in 1848. ... [click for more]

Father Rinaldi’s Foundation Of 1856
In the summer of 1853 Archbishop Alemany of San Francisco sent Father Florian Schwenninger to take over the mission of Shasta County. In the later par... [click for more]

Fort Crook site
Established July I, 1857 by Lieutenant George Crook for protection of the immigrants and settlers, Fort Crook was later commanded by Captain John W. G... [click for more]

Fort Reading
Fort Reading, established on May 26, 1852 by Second Lieutenant E. N. Davis, Co. E, 2nd Infantry on the orders of Lieutenant Colonel George M. Wright, ... [click for more]

French Gulch
Founded nearby by French miners in 1849, the town of Morrowville, relocated here, was the center of one of the state's richest gold producing areas. T... [click for more]

Lockhart Ferry
Established by Samuel Lockhart in 1856 as a link in the first wagon road from Yreka to Red Bluff, the Lockhart Ferry crossed below the confluence of t... [click for more]

Noble Pass Route
William H. Noble, accompanied by a party of citizens, showed the route for a wagon road across the Sierra Nevada in May 1852. It was from this point t... [click for more]

Old California-Oregon Road
This marks the location of the main artery of travel used by pioneers between the Trinity River and the northern mines of California and Oregon. ... [click for more]

Old Town Of Shasta
Founded in 1849 as Reading's Springs, the town was named Shasta June 8, 1850. It was the second county seat for Shasta County, 1851-1888, and the metr... [click for more]

Pioneer Baby’s Grave
Charles, infant son of George and Helena Cohn Brownstein of Red Bluff, died December 14, 1864. He was buried near land established by the Shasta Hebre... [click for more]

Reading’s Bar
Major Pierson B. Reading and his Indians washed out the first gold in Shasta County on a bar at the mouth of the canyon of Clear Creek in March 1848. ... [click for more]

Southern’s Stage Station
This is the site of the famous Southern Hotel and Stage Station built by Simeon Fisher Southern. The original building, a log cabin, was built in 1859... [click for more]

Settled by gold miners in 1849, the town was first called Whiskey Creek for the stream on which it was located, but later the name was changed to Whis... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009