Whiskeytown in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Matter of Progress
In the mid to late 1800’s you would have traveled here by horseback, mule train, stagecoach, or on foot. The rough road that would have led you here continued into the valley, now filled with Whiskeytown Lake. It passed near mining camps along Clear Creek and through the small towns of Whiskeytown, Oak Bottom, and Grizzly Gulch. You might have stayed at Mix’s Hotel, Oak Bottom House, or Brown’s House. There you were certain to find a hearty meal, a strong drink, and a livery stable.
The towns here prospered from gold miners and travelers. But gold gave out and the railroad shifted traffic to nearby Redding. Still, some stayed on, right up to the building of the Whiskeytown Dam and Reservoir from 1959 – 1963.
Erected by Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1959.
Location. 40° 36.012′ N, 122° 32.143′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Whiskeytown CA 96095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Matter of Balance (here, next to this marker); The Glory Hole (here, next to this marker); Kennedy Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Valley Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Baby's Grave (approx. 1.9 miles away); Shasta (approx. 2.3 miles away); Shasta County Court House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gallows (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whiskeytown.
Also see . . .
1. Ghost Towns: Whiskeytown. (Submitted on December 14, 2008.)
2. Roots Web: John William Harrison – California Gold. This information tells of John William Harrison’s mining at Grizzly Gulch (Submitted on December 14, 2008.)
Additional keywords. Dams
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,949 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.