Besides the links you will find on each of the "era pages" in the web site, we are pleased to offer a few more links and recommendations. Please contact us if you can suggest other resources we might add to this list.

Museums of Siskiyou County
Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society and Dunsmuir Museum, 5750 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir, CA 96025 (530) 235-0839 Online at
The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society, and the historic Dunsmuir Museum displays, are located at the Amtrak Depot on Sacramento Avenue in the old commercial district of the canyon railroad town once know as Pusher. Open Every 3rd Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm & during town events. The AMTRAK passenger waiting room is open 24/7 all year round.

Etna's Native Daughters of the Golden West Museum, 520 Main St. Etna
Online at The Museum of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Eschscholtzia Parlor No. 112, is located on Main Street, Etna, California. The building, was built for the first town Hall, which also housed the fire department, library and jail, was built to resemble Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Fort Jones Museum, 11913 Main Street, Fort Jones, CA 96032 (530) 468-5568
Online at Built of colorful local stone incorporating obsidian, fossils, and Native American mortar and pestles, this gold rush town museum houses a collection of artifacts depicting the lives and culture of the Native Americans, fur trappers, gold miners, pioneers, cowboys, and soldiers who made their home in Scott Valley. A Shasta Indian ceremonial rain rock and a burial rock are on the grounds.

Happy Camp is home to the Karuk People's Center, the museum and cultural center of the Karuk Tribe, devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of Karuk history, language, traditions and living culture. The building includes an exhibition gallery, a gift shop, a Basketweaving classroom, a library, a collections storage area and the Karuk Language Program Office. Open open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm and closed for lunch from 1:00 to 1:30 pm. Online at

McCloud's Heritage Junction of McCloud Historic Center, 320 Main Street, McCloud, CA 96057 (530) 964-2604
Housed in a turn-of-the-century building complete with exterior stairway to the second floor, exhibits focus on the early days of this McCloud River Lumber Mill town and the railroad that was its lifeblood. Displays include early fire-fighting equipment, period costumes, and a Corliss steam engine from the 1903 log mill. Visitors can schedule a tour in winter by appointment (530) 964-2626. Follow this museum online at Facebook.

Mt. Shasta's Sisson Museum, 1 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta, CA 96067 (530) 926-5508
Imaginative exhibits focus on Native Americans, Strawberry Valley pioneers, and the geology of Mt. Shasta, its glaciers and accounts of early ascents. Each summer the museum hosts a popular, month-long quilt show. Books and interpretive material are available in the gift shop. Outside are ponds brimming with trout, part of the oldest fish hatchery in California. Children may enjoy feeding the fish with food from coin-operated dispensers. Online at and you can follow them on Facebook too.

Klamath National Forest Interpretive Museum, 1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097 (530) 842-6131
Special presentations feature cultural resources, timber management, and wilderness flora and fauna. A simulated lookout tower highlights frontline forest fire prevention.

Siskiyou County Museum, 910 South Main Street, Yreka, CA 96067 (530) 842-3836
This handsome county-seat museum houses an extensive exhibit of Native American local tribal culture including the Karuk, Shasta, Konomihu, Okwanuchu, Achomawi and Modoc. Interpretive displays of gold mining, fur trapping, logging, ranching and farming are also featured. An outdoor museum includes five original buildings dating from 1856 to 1920; two are registered California State historical landmarks. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Closed on most major holidays. You can also follow the Siskiyou County Museum on Facebook for updates and more information:

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair-Museum of Local History, 800 Main Street, P.O. Box 866, Tulelake, CA 96134. (530) 667-5312 910 South Main Street, Yreka, CA 96067 (530) 842-3836 Online information here.
The museum at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake features a new complex with museum, gift shop, and fair office. Open weekdays year-around and weekends by appointment, the museum features a one-hour audio cassette tape tour with histories of Tulelake, Butte Valley, Malin and Merrill. From volcanoes, Modoc Indian culture, reclamation, wars, POW & Japanese internment camps to homesteading, logging and farming, this first-class museum will impress you! Original barracks and a guard tower have been restored thanks to a CCLPEP grant. The displays depict not only life during the internment camp days, but also life as it was for homesteaders in the years following WWII.

Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum, 303 Gilman Avenue, Weed, CA 96094 (530) 938-5050
The roots of this turn-of-the-century lumber town and its people are featured in exhibits that include logging and milling machinery, early hospital equipment, blacksmithing tools, a stage coach, a home-made still from Prohibition days, and an operating 1923 fire engine. The museum is built on the site of the earliest courthouse; the booking room and two original jail cells are intact. Winter tours can be arranged by appointment (530) 938-4661.

Yreka's historic neighborhoods are and buildings are preserved and shared by Yreka Historic Preservation, online at

More Siskiyou County History Links

The Siskiyou County Historical Society website.

The Yreka History Blog website.

Siskiyou County Library. The Siskiyou Pioneer, Siskiyou Obituary Indexes and Siskiyou Newspaper Indexes are available online. The Yreka Branch of the Siskiyou County Library has the complete collection of Indian documents from the California Indian Library Collections Project, being cataloged into the library's collection in 2003. They consist of 9 drawers of documents from the Lowie Museum, UC Berkeley. The collection also includes sound recordings and photographs. The library also has the complete collection of newspaper microfilm of Siskiyou County newspapers dating back to 1854. Also many other important sources in the Siskiyou County Special collection.

Siskiyou Cemeteries Online, indexing the stones and markers of cemeteries in the county.

The Klamath River Corridor, a virtual tour of the Klamath River through Siskiyou County, from old Highway 99 to Orleans, with an emphasis on historical, cultural, recreational & natural resources. The information on this web site was previously in a US Forest Service booklet called Discovering the Klamath River Corridor in far northwestern California.

Information about Karuk Language Resources on the Web, a website originally designed by a team of students from Happy Camp High School.

Happy Camp History from Jefferson Backroads

The winter of 1872-1873 was a troubled one in the Lava Beds, where a small band of Modoc Indians was beseiged by a US Army force outnumbering them as much as ten to one. The majority of the battlefields of his conflict, known as the Modoc War, are preserved today at Lava Beds National Monument. The book "Modoc War," by historian Erwin N. Thompson, is available online for more in-depth study of these tragic events.

The Historic and Present Day McCloud River Railroad web site.

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