Besides the links you will find on each of the "era pages" in the SiskiyouHistory.org 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 Museum, 4101 Pine Street, Dunsmuir, CA 96025 (530) 235-0733
Railroad history memorabilia, an unusual 1919 Western Electric cardboard telephone switch-board, vintage clothing, office
equipment, and antique fishing gear are preserved in this privately maintained museum tucked into a steep side street in the old
commercial district of the canyon railroad town once know as Pusher.
Fort Jones Museum, 11913 Main Street, Fort Jones, CA 96032 (530) 468-5568
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.
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.
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.
Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum, 303 Gilman Avenue, Weed, CA 96094 (530) 938-5050 www.snowcrest.net/whm/
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.
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 www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/museum/index.htm
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. A replica of a pioneer general store offers gifts and museum
publications. Open Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm year round.
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 www.cot.net/~tulefair/tbvmuseum/index.htm
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.
Native Daughters of the Golden West Museum, 520 Main St. Etna
They're open Tues - Sat 11 - 3
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.
Karuk Language Resources on the Web designed by a team of students from Happy Camp High School.
Happy Camp History from Linda Martin, on the Happy Camp News web site.
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.
Other Area History Links
California History Day competition, an exciting, history-based learning
experience for students who learn about
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