Nathan A. Townsend: The man behind the historic Townsend Flat Ditch

Above: the Townsend Flat Ditch on the left along with its marker on the right. This photograph was taken by Jeremy Tuggle on April 28, 2020. Nathan A. Townsend was a native of New York who was born about 1824. Townsend arrived and settled at Middletown in Shasta County in 1853. Soon after, Townsend was elected as a member to […]

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Guest Writer Spotlight: Relinquishing freedom and liberty is not safety

Guest Writer Spotlight – Op/Ed: Robert SochaShared with permission from Mychal Massie – The Daily RantMain image courtesy: Forbes: How COVID-19 Is Also Killing Democracy I have been thinking about the exponential growth of the Coronavirus. It has single-handedly taken out myriad man-made enterprises; sporting, entertainment, religious and financial. Astonishing barely scratches the surface of my wonder at its possibility. […]

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Kimball Plains: Exploring the history of a former western Shasta County settlement

Above: Major Gorham G. Kimball a co-owner of the Cone & Kimball Company of Red Bluff, Tehama County, California. From the Red Bluff Daily News newspaper edition of Red Bluff, December 22, 1904. Kimball Plains was one of the smaller settlements of the Bald Hills in western Shasta County, which was located seven miles west of Cottonwood. Business partners, Joseph […]

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Hamden Holmes Noble and his contributions to Shasta County

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society Hamden Holmes Noble was a son of James W. Noble, a farmer of Somerset County, Maine. Hamden was born in that county at Fairfield on August 16, 1844. This is where he earned his education. Later, he relocated to San Francisco where he first registered to vote in 1866. At that […]

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Go “Behind the Badge” as recent Riverside Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force sting nets 72

Riverside Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force arrests 72 in four-day undercover prostitution sting Original Story by Greg Hardesty, photos by Steven Georges for Behind the Badge The 21-year-old father of a female toddler nervously lingered outside the third-floor hotel room in Temecula. Minutes earlier, just after 2 p.m. on a recent weekday, he had fired up a joint in his car […]

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Shasta County History: A Redding business man, Manley Morrison Brown

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society A farmer by the name of Ephraim Brown, and his wife Lorilla (Lillie) Brown, brought their family out west from Cortland County, New York in 1866 and they settled at French Gulch, Shasta County, California. Ephraim continued to pursue his career as a farmer at their new place. Ephraim and Lorilla […]

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Our former Carnegie Library

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society Above: this postcard image was taken between the years: 1904 and 1915. It shows the Golden Eagle hotel in the distance, the Lorenz hotel, the quartz water fountain and the Carnegie Library. From the collection of Jeremy Tuggle. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union founded the first Redding Library in 1896, and […]

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The Lorenz Hotel

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society An iconic and historic building in downtown Redding, the Lorenz hotel, with an engraved date of 1901 on the front top of the building. This photograph was taken by Jeremy Tuggle on October 31, 2019. The present-day Lorenz hotel is located at 1509 Yuba Street in Redding. It is currently owned […]

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Bella Vista: A lumber town

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society The original carpenters behind the famous Shasta Lumber Company’s flume (also known as the Terry lumber flume) were Orison D. Morse and his siblings who completed the first five miles of lumber flume in 1886 before Morse sold the lumber flume to Holbrook and Phillips. Later, these gentlemen sold out to […]

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From Shingle Camp to Shingletown

Guest Writer Spotlight: Jeremy M. Tuggle: Shasta Historical Society Above: an early photograph of Shingletown. From the collection of Jeremy Tuggle. Shingletown was first called Shingle Camp, it was established in 1848 as a tent community, and its name derives from the first production of shingles and shakes in Shasta County. Due to the abundance of sugar pine and cedar […]

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