Entrepeneur John Durwood Weast and his contributions to Shasta County

EARLY LIFE John Durwood Weast was born to Jacob Gordon Weast and Elizabeth (Reasson) Weast on January 1, 1859, at Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia. At the age of one year old in 1860, John was living with his parents at Rochelle, in Madison County, Virginia. His father was a miller by trade. He was the youngest child in their household […]

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Pollock; A former townsite on the Sacramento River arm of Shasta Lake

Pollock was formerly located along U.S. Route Highway 99 at the junction of Salt Creek and the Sacramento River. Today, Pollock is located just opposite of Sugarloaf Resort and Antler’s Marina on the Sacramento River arm at the mouth of Salt Creek under Lake Shasta. Construction on U.S. Route Highway 99 (also known as the Pacific Highway) began in California […]

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California drought reveals 112-year-old freight train derailment wreckage on Shasta Lake

Jeremy Tuggle contributed to this article. LAKEHEAD, Calif., — When Shasta Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement Manager Jeremy Tuggle finished filming a segment of his popular YouTube show ‘Exploring Shasta County History’ earlier this month he never could have imagined the “rare and historic” discovery that would follow just days later. The find, described as wreckage and artifacts from […]

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Just Surfaced: A Historic Railroad Retaining Wall on the Sacramento River, 8-14-2021

JUST SURFACED: A HISTORIC RAILROAD RETAINING WALL ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER NEAR CHARLIE CREEK, 8-14-2021. SHASTA LAKE WAS 153.25 FEET BELOW THE CREST OF SHASTA DAM. Meet the writer: Jeremy M. TuggleEducation and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society Jeremy M. Tuggle, born in Redding, is a descendant of 11 pioneer families who settled Shasta County between 1849-1889. Jeremy […]

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A redeveloped and subdivided patented mining property: The Tilton Consolidated mine

On January 1, 1902, a prospector and miner named Richard P. Wheelock struck an appealing quartz vein which warranted further investigation of the land he was prospecting on. After that, he sunk a shaft and drove an adit into a hillside establishing a lode mine, which led him to a bonanza of gold. He then called this mining claim the […]

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Furnaceville & Ingot: Home of the Afterthought mine – Part 2

Miners searching for silver struck the copper vein of the Copper Hill mine in 1862, during the silver rush excitement at Silver City. This vein was located in the boundaries of the Cow Creek mining district. However, mining activity lacked on this property until 1873, several years after the abandonment of Silver City, a former settlement which existed above the […]

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Silver City: A prelude to Furnaceville & Ingot

In 1862, a silver rush caused the creation of a mining community called Silver City, also known as Silverton, about 2 1/2 miles above the present-day town of Ingot. It’s name derived from the silver ore which the miners of this burg sought after along the channels of Silver Creek and Cedar Creek. It was located in the boundaries of […]

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The Clara mine at Keswick, California

On this episode of Exploring Shasta County History, Jeremy Tuggle – Shasta Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement Manager, takes you on another exciting mining adventure with his friend, Ralph Bentrim. This former mining property embraces Ralph’s property at Keswick. This mining property is a former Au (gold) mine called the Clara, which has been developed in parts to allow […]

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The Historic Foundation of the Mammoth Aerial Tramway

The Mammoth aerial tramway was sometimes referred to as an “aerial ropeway” which was built in 1905 for the United States Refining and Mining Company, the parent company of the Mammoth Copper Company of Kennett, by the Riblet Tramway Company of Spokane, Washington, for about $50,000. LOVE SHASTA COUNTY HISTORY?SEE: Exploring Shasta County History with Jeremy Tuggle: Bella Vista: A lumber […]

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The Ganim mine of New York Gulch

Joseph Solomon Ganim was born on December 25, 1877, to Solomon Ganim and his wife, Annie (Jabul) Ganim. He was a Lebanese immigrant, well-educated, and he arrived and settled at Whiskeytown in 1906. Ganim was a traveling merchandise seller by trade and later he became interested in mining. In 1912, Ganim located the quartz vein of the Hard Luck Gold […]

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