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Our guide to Shasta Lake Museums and Historical Sites  will help you explore Shasta Lake's colorful history.

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Shasta Lake Museums

J.J. "Jake" Jackson Memorial Museum -- Open year-round

508 main St.,  Weaverville, CA (530) 623-5211

The Trinity County Historical Park focuses on the gold rush days and on pioneer life.  The grounds contain a reconstructed stamp mill, a miner's cabin, and a blacksmith shop.

Kelly-Griggs House Museum  (Open year-round, Thursday - Sunday)

311 Washington Street Red Bluff, CA      (530) 527-1129

The renovated Victorian features authentic antique furnishings and paintings that span more than a century. The museum also features the "Ishi Room" an exhibit of "the last wild Indian," and the "Pioneer Room" that houses a priceless collection of early possessions and photographs from Tehama County's past.

Scott Museum of Trinity Center  (May 15th - September 15th)

100 Airport Rd., Trinity Center, CA  (530) 266-3378

Exhibits include Native American artifacts; authentic models of transportation: a buggy, covered wagon and stage coach.

Shasta Historical Society

1449 Market, Redding, CA  (530) 243-3720

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

840 Auditorium Dr., Redding, CA  (530) 243-8850

Spanning the Sacramento River and connected by the Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park has a 300 acre campus featuring a museum, aquarium, art gallery, forest camp, and Arboretum & Gardens.

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Shasta Lake Area Historical Sites

Bowerman Barn

Weaverville Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1190, Weaverville, CA  (530) 623-2121

Built in 1878 by Jacob Bowerman, the barn stands today as an outstanding example of a late 19th century hand-crafted structure. It is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Foster's Cabin

Weaverville Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1190, Weaverville, CA  (530) 623-2121

Historical and physical evidence indicates that there have been as many as three structures in Parker Meadows, two of them constructed by, or in cooperation with, the Foster family.

Girard Ridge Lookout

McCloud Ranger Station - Shasta-Trinity National Forest

The Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1931 and used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1981. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts on the Shasta -Trinity National Forest and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Hodges Cabin

Weaverville Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1190, Weaverville, CA  (530) 623-2121

Hodges Cabin is located about four miles up the North Fork of Coffee Creek Trail inside the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  The historic site is home to the two story cabin, a horse barn and corral, a blacksmith shop, a generator shed and Pelton wheel, a cement swimming pool and a treehousebuilt.  All the buildings were in 1923 by Walter Leander Hodges.

Shasta State Historical Park

Hwy 299, 6 miles west of Redding, CA  (530) 225-2065

The historic site is made up of what remains from an old mining town. Its Courthouse Museum features memorabilia from the early days of gold mining.  Other buildings include a courtroom, jail, and gallows.

The Trinity Theatre

310 Main St., Weaverville, CA,      (530) 623-3555

Weaverville Drug Store

219 Main St., Weaverville, CA  (530) 623-4343

It is California's oldest pharmacy still in operation.  The historic site exhibits antique equipment and devices.

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

5284 Oregon & Main St., Weaverville, CA  (530) 623-2121

"The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds" is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. The historic site exhibits art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. The park is a fascinating look into the role that the Chinese immigrants played in early California history. For more Information call (530) 623-5284

William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park (Open year-round)

 Adobe Road, Red Bluff, CA      (530) 538-2200

Located south of Redding, in Red Bluff on Adobe Road, one-half mile from Interstate 5.

The historical site was named after the only president of the short-lived California Bear Republic - which lasted just 22 days. The park features an old adobe home, carriage shed, blacksmith shop and a small visitor center. 

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Native America Exhibits

A Brief History of the Modoc War

As settling began on Lost River, emigrants demanded that the Modocs be removed from their homes and placed on the Klamath Reservation with the Klamath and Snake Tribes.

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