Historical Markers in
Siskiyou County, California

200, 202 W. Miner St. 204 W. Miner St. A Volcanic Classroom All Roads Lead to Ager Stage and Freight Stop Ambush at Midday - The Thomas-Wright Battle of April 26, 1873 Applegate Trail - Campt Applegate Trail - Clammett Lake Applegate Trail - Quite Rocky Applegate Trail - Up a Steep Hill Attack at Hospital Rock Attracted to Water Babe Ruth Played Here Bartle’s Camp – 1856 Beds of Lava Bella Union Saloon Berryvale Post Office Boulder Piles in Sara Totten Campground Bradford Ripley Alden Brown-Nickell-Authenrieth Building Camp Tulelake Canby Cross Carnegie Library Building Chamberlain-Stimmel Building Charles Bibend Building Charles Peters Building Church of Saints John & Paul City Meat Market City of Etna Civilian Conservation Corps Clampers Meeting Hall Cleland and Hoyt Building Colton’s Block Cottonwood Cottonwood Basin Deadwood Dorris Veterans Memorial Dunsmuir World War Memorial Dwinnell Dam Eddy Gulch Lookout Emigrant Trail Etna Cemetery Veterans Memorial Farrington Blacksmith Shop First Log House Fort Jones Fort Jones Fort Jones House Fort Jones War Memorial Founding of the American Legion Franco American Hotel Building Frogtown Gas Works Greenhorn Guilbert Building Gus Meamber Pack Train Trail Hallie Daggett: Sophisticated Lady and Hardy Pioneer Hallie Morse Daggett Hayden Hotel Henry Egbert Building Hilt War Memorial Hilt, CA Hudson Bay Trail Hugo Miller Building Humbug Mining District I.O.O.F. Building I.O.O.F. Hall J.D. Howard J.P. Smith & L. Rosenburg Building Jennie B. Nichols Building John Daggett John F. Williams Memorial Bridge Johnson - Joss Memorial Park Klamathon Last Meeting of the Peace Commission Lava Fortress Little Shasta Congregational Church Livingston and Brothers Building Locomotive 1727 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge Lynching Masonic Hall Building McBride Ranch Meamber School Modoc War Casualties Montague Moonlit Oaks Dance Pavilion / Clyde Johnson Lynching Mount Shasta Mount Shasta Mt. Shasta Herald Nicholas T. Delean Building No. 4 Kingpin Hydraulic Giant Order Sons of Italy World War II Memorial Peters & DeWitt Building Petroglyph Point Picard California Pioneer Stage Drivers Randolph Collier River of Rocks - The Devils Homestead Lava Flow Robbers Rock Ruehle Building Sawyers Bar Schmitt Brothers Mill Scott Bar Senator Randolph Collier Sgt. James Bryan Shore of Tule Lake Siskiyou County High School Site of the First Church in Scott Valley Site of Yreka Inn / Site of Dr. Daniel Ream Ranch South Road - Forks Of The Yreka Trail / Yreka Trail - The Trail Forks South Road - Hot Creek Spatter Cones Stage Coach Station Stephen H. Meek Strawberry Valley Stage Station Sullaway Stage Stop Tacitus Ryland Arbuckle Tailholt Tennant The Alexander Dunsmuir Fountain The Colton Theater Building The End of the Modoc War The Greathouse/DeWitt Building The Riddle Building The Road to the Stronghold The Weed Arch This land of ‘Siskiyou’... Thompson’s Dry Diggings Tulelake World War II War Memorial Upper Soda Springs Veterans Memorial W.W. Powers Building War in the Lava Beds Welcome to the Weed Centennial Plaza / Abner Weed — City Founder Wetzel Building Wilkes Expedition Witherill Building Witherill/Winckler Building World Wars Memorial Yreka Yreka Chinese Cemetery Yreka Historic Trail Yreka Trail - A Big Meadow Yreka Trail - Are Yet On Butte Creek Yreka Trail - Down hill to Sheep Rock Yreka Trail - Down Shasta Valley Yreka Trail - Near a Little Lake Yreka Trail - No Water Yreka Trail - One Very Steep Stony Hill Yreka Trail - Our Journeys End Yreka Trail - Out of Danger Yreka Trail - Over Rocky Roads Yreka Trail - Quite a Stream Yreka Trail - Quite Stony Today Yreka Trail - Shasta River Yreka Trail - Sheep Rock Yreka Trail - Sheep Rock Springs Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads Yreka Trail - The Snelling Ranch Yreka Trail - Up Butte Creek Yreka Trail - Willow Springs Yreka Trail – A Mighty Town Yreka Trail – A Splendid Cite Yreka Trail-Splendid Pine Timber/Yreka Trail-To a Swamp Yreka Western
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Siskiyou County, located in the northernmost part of California, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Karuk, Modoc, and Shasta tribes, who relied on the region's abundant natural resources for sustenance.

In the early 19th century, European settlement began in Siskiyou County with the arrival of trappers and fur traders. The region became an important center for trade and transportation, with pioneers using the Siskiyou Trail to travel between Oregon and California during the California Gold Rush. This trail was later expanded into a wagon road, connecting miners and settlers to the gold fields and fertile valleys of the county.

As settlements grew, Siskiyou County played a significant role in the formation of California as a state. In 1852, it became one of the original 27 counties when California was admitted to the United States. The county's name, derived from the Siskiyou Mountains that stretch through the area, reflects its rugged and mountainous landscape.

Throughout its history, Siskiyou County has faced challenges and experienced significant events. It witnessed conflicts between European settlers and Native Americans, such as the Modoc War in the late 19th century. The region also played a part in the logging industry during the 20th century, with timber being an important economic driver for the county.

Today, Siskiyou County is known for its beautiful natural landscapes, including the majestic Mount Shasta and the Klamath National Forest. It attracts outdoor enthusiasts and offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, and skiing. The county continues to be an important agricultural area, with farming and ranching playing a vital role in its economy.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Siskiyou County, California.

  • 1850: Siskiyou County is established as one of the original counties in California.
  • 1852: The county seat is established in Yreka.
  • 1855: The county is named after the Siskiyou mountain range.
  • 1869: The town of Dunsmuir is founded as a railroad hub.
  • 1874: The city of Weed is established as a lumber town.
  • 1887: The county courthouse in Yreka is completed.
  • 1895: The county is heavily impacted by the "Great Blue Creek Fire" which lasts for several months.
  • 1911: Mount Shasta City is incorporated.
  • 1945: The Klamath River Dam is completed, providing hydroelectric power to the region.
  • 1983: The town of Tulelake is incorporated.
  • 2014: The Boles Fire destroys numerous homes and structures in the town of Weed.