The Sky Blue mine and its 1860s origins

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society In 1863 Colonel William Magee, a noted surveyor, miner, prospector, and resident of Shasta, California, located the quartz vein of the Original Sky Blue mine of the Middle Creek mining district. After an examination of this vein, gold was extracted from it which yielded some lucrative high-grade […]

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Cottonwood’s origins, from small 1850s townsite to 1890s growing RR hub

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society In 1899, Cottonwood was located eighteen miles south of Redding and seventeen miles north of Red Bluff. It was located on the county line between Shasta and Tehama Counties, and on the California and Oregon railroad which included a busy railroad depot that made it a major […]

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The life and times of William B. Smith (1859-1917)

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society William B. Smith was born to Gottlieb George Kaylor Smith and Elizabeth Jane (Lamberson) Smith, at Eagle Creek (now Ono) on May 10, 1859, and during the following year the Smith’s settled their family at Horsetown. He was the fourth of ten children born to his parents. […]

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The historic Lime Kilns

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society There are two wood-burning lime kilns which were made from natural stone in the Clear Creek area of western Shasta County in between the pioneer towns of Briggsville and Horsetown at Bulgin Gulch (name also found as Buljon Gulch & Bulgin’ Gulch). Since the early 1850s the […]

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Simeon Fisher Southern and the Hazel Creek area

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society Simeon Fisher Southern, a native of Stephensburg, Kentucky, was born to Stephen Fisher Southern and Rebecca (Duncan) Southern, on September 6, 1822. As a boy, Simeon grew up on his father’s farm as a farmhand assisting his father when he wasn’t attending school. Southern was often referred […]

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Exploring Shasta County History with Jeremy Tuggle

Since July, 2019, Shasta Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement Manager, Jeremy M. Tuggle has graciously allowed Shasta County News Source (SCNS) to publish and share his fascinating, well-written, and thoroughly researched articles about Shasta County’s rich History. Jeremy, who has authored two books, is a descendant of 11 pioneer families who helped settle Shasta County beginning in the 1850’s […]

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Exploring the rich history of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society If you’re ever in Northern California one of the premier destinations in Shasta County to visit is a natural wonder called Burney Falls. This magnificent water fall was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1984 by the National Park Service. Yet, long before it was developed […]

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Rediscovering the Compton mine of the Shasta mining district

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society The Compton mine was a producer of gold which was located in the boundaries of the Shasta mining district about 1 1/2 mile south of the town of Keswick, and south of Keswick Dam. It is on the west side of the Sacramento River, at the mouth […]

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Zogg Fire destroys two landmarks in historic town of Ono

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society Confirmation from the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper confirms that the Zogg Fire, which erupted into flames on the afternoon of September 27, 2020, on Zogg Mine Road in Igo, destroyed two landmarks in the historic nearby town of Ono. The Ono Grange No.445 was instituted on March […]

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The Mount Shasta Mine: A gold mine on the Mt. Shasta Mine Loop Trail

Located about 2 1/2 miles from the town of Shasta is the Mount Shasta mine, a once-lucrative producer of gold and one of the larger gold mining operations in the Shasta mining district, after gold was discovered in the area in 1897. The mine, which is within the boundaries of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on the Mt. Shasta Mine […]

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