Yreka Trail

The Yreka Trail is described in a Trails West guidebook which may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase it directly from Trails West on their website.

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THE TRAIL FORKS

"This morning the volunteers considered us out of danger, and - left us to go on alone - We had tolerable good road. Four miles from camp we came to where the Oregon Trail strikes off to the right." - George McCowen, August 27, 1854

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WILLOW SPRINGS

"A cold day went 10 miles came to Willow Springs and camp" - Phoebe S. Terwilliger, October 9, 1854

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OVER ROCKEY ROADS

"Drove over 12 miles, but over rockey roads. Good feed." - James S. Cowden, October 7, 1853

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NO WATER

"After noon we drove on until night and no water to be seen anywhare; so we pitched camp and stayed all night without water; in the morning we hitched up and pushed on for water" - James Bardin, August 9, 1855

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ONE VERY STEEP STONY HILL

"At noon we came to a pine forest. Traveled in it the rest of the day. One very steep stony hill to go up. Road considerably stony at intervals all day." - George McCowen, August 28, 1854

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QUITE A STREAM

"Made a drive of 20 miles and campt on what is called Butte Creek, quite a stream. Several hunters came into camp ... with ... game; ... meat is just delicious when a man is really hungry." - James S. Cowden, October 8, 1853

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QUITE STONY TODAY

"Started at 6 went on to pine woods took dinner no water or grass then passed on to Butte Creek & followed it three miles & campt round a little lake quite stony to day poor country" - Hinsdale Truman Shepard, September 4, 1852

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OUT OF DANGER

"We are now out of the Diggers land and in the Shasta valley tribe [country] they are not so hostile" - Sophronia Helen Stone, September 20, 1852

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UP BUTTE CREEK

"The next day we followed up Butte Creek for six miles and pitched our tents. We lost a fine horse here." - Andrew Soule, September 29, 1854

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NEAR A LITTLE LAKE

"Made 24 miles and have camped near a little lake ... in sight of a house. ... we got some flower, milk and a few potatoes and took them to camp ... it was the first good meal we have had for a good while." - Charles J. Cummings, September 12, 1859

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ARE YET ON BUTTE CREEK

"Only drove 6 miles to a good camping place. Are yet on Butte Creek. There is a large amount of timber... the hills and mountains are nearly all covered with a heavy growth of pine timber." - James S. Cowden, October 9, 1853

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TO A SWAMP

"The last day of September we journeyed twelve miles to a swamp. It is now called Grass Valley." - Andrew Soule, September 30, 1854


This marker was replaced in 2019. The previous marker had the following inscription on it.


SPLENDID PINE TIMBER

"Passed through splendid pine timber & fur & spruce ... passed the dividing ridge of the Shasta mountains verry rough & bad roads this afternoon 18 miles to day not so well [in] pm" - Hinsdale Truman Shepard, September 5, 1852

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A BIG MEADOW

"Went 15 miles came to a big meadow [Grass Lake] & campt we took water with us this morning found no good water here" - Phoebe S. Terwilliger, October 11, 1854

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A SPLENDID CITE

"Here we came in cite of the bute it is a splendid cite went down the hill on to the flats Spencer & Brill shot a deer." - Hinsdale Truman Shepard, September 6, 1852

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SHEEP ROCK

"Stop at Sheep Rock here is cedar and pine large strait and tall now this is a large rocky region where the mountain sheep abounds deer and antelope to" - Sophronia Helen Stone, September 22, 1852

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SHEEP ROCK SPRINGS

"Made a drive of 20 miles and campt by what are called Sheep Rock Springs, at the head of Shasta River Valley and about 30 miles from our destination, Yreka City." - James S. Cowden, October 10, 1853

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THE SNELLING RANCH

"The first day of October we journeyed west fourteen miles to the Snelling Ranch, now called the Hurd Ranch, near Sheep Rock, Shasta Valley." - Andrew Soule, October 1, 1854

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DOWN SHASTA VALLEY

"Drove 16 miles down Shasta Valley, most of the way good roads, no hills to cross now, but in places the road is stony. Today passed one or two houses. The first I have seen for several months" - James S. Cowden, October 11, 1853

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SPLENDED ROADS

"then came on down the valley. Splended roads. ... came to some person ... who gave us some squashes and other vegetables ... melons, beets, onions ... we had a little of every thing for breakfast." - Charles J. Cummings, September 14, 1859

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SHASTA RIVER

"Started and went 15 miles to Shasta River & campt verry cold nights frost last night not [feeling] any better" - Hinsdale Truman Shepard, September 7, 1852

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OUR JOURNEYS END

"Today we have landed to our journeys end neare Yreka, whare we stoped to graze our teems ... we exspect to stay here some days to rest for the man that crosses the planes will feel like resting when he gits through" - James Bardin, August 11, 1855

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A MIGHTY TOWN

"Drove into town [Yreka] and a mighty town it is ... several very good brick buildings. ... nothing can be bought here for less than two bits. A loaf of bread that use to cost five cents is 25. Salt 25 per lb." - George McCowen, September 1, 1854