Monday, April 22, 2013
A-Z - Shasta - a Ghost town
Once upon a time there was a brand new town named Shasta. A bustling town in the 1850's to the 1880's. It was a active town of commerce as well as a major shipping point for mule trains and stagecoaches serving the miner towns and new settlements as they sprang up. In 1849, gold was discovered near Shasta. At one time the town had 3500 people but when the railroad made the decision to bypass the town, it started the decline to "Ghost-town" status.
I love ghost-towns of the west and we have quite a few of them here in Northern California. Shasta is about 10 miles from me. I love this little town, with it's brick ruins - it fascinates me every time we drive pass.
Now it belongs to the State of California and with each new budget, they threaten to close it down. Right now it has a museum that is open to the public; along with the county courthouse and jail.
Save Old Shasta
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