Dunsmuir, California (Images of America Series)

Dunsmuir, California (Images of America Series)

by Deborah Harton, Ron McCloud


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In the 1880s, the Central Pacific Railroad labored through the rugged upper Sacramento River canyon to connect California with the far northwest. Where the canyon’s steep walls open up to a view of snowcapped Mount Shasta, a railroad switching yard, a depot, a roundhouse, a turntable, and repair shops were constructed. Surrounded by virgin timber, rushing waters, and dramatic geologic formations, this railhead camp—named for a Canadian collier—grew.
?Completion of the rail line brought commerce and growth as timber was harvested and streams were prospected for gold. Visitors were, and continue to be, drawn by the pure mountain air, scenic beauty, healing mineral waters, hunting, and world-class trout fishing. Though facing many obstacles, including storms, fires, and floods, the town thrived. Incorporated in 1909, Dunsmuir became the headquarters for the Southern Pacific Railroad’s fabled Shasta Division in 1916. Today Dunsmuir is known as California’s Historic Railroad Town and is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738580562
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/26/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 862,027
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Authors Deborah Harton and Ron McCloud remain fascinated by Dunsmuir’s rich history and colorful stories. With the help of others who treasure Dunsmuir’s heritage, they have drawn together its images and stories in tribute to the town’s spirit, times, people, growth, and challenges.

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 The Early Days 9

2 Mining and Logging 19

3 The Railroad 25

4 The Fountain, the Water, and the Name 45

5 Resorts and Tourism 51

6 The Open Highway 69

7 Businesses 81

8 People and Places 105

Bibliography 127

Resources 127

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