“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Montague in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads

Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, June 19, 2020
1. Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads Marker
"Then came on down the valley. Splendid 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, Sep 14, 1859

Erected 2008 by Trails West, Inc. (Marker Number Y-17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Trails West Inc., and the Yreka Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1854.
Location. 41° 40.774′ N, 122° 25.143′ W. Marker is near Montague, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker is on Big Springs Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montague CA 96064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Shasta Congregational Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Yreka Trail - Down Shasta Valley (approx. 4 miles away); Tailholt (approx. 4.1 miles away); Yreka Trail - Shasta River
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(approx. 6 miles away); Yreka Trail - The Snelling Ranch (approx. 6.2 miles away); Montague (approx. 6˝ miles away); Stage Coach Station (approx. 7˝ miles away); Dwinnell Dam (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montague.
More about this marker. This marker is located at a junction where the Yreka Trail headed directly west onto the dirt road across from Hart Rd and continued west/northwest along a short section of dirt track road and eventually onto marker Y-17. Original trail swales can still be seen along this section (although on private property).
Regarding Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads. Trails West, Inc. sells a driving guidebook titled A Guide to the Yreka Trail which provides maps and additional history on the Yreka Trail as it passed through designated marker locations. Purchasing this guidebook prior to visiting the Yreka Trail markers is highly encouraged to gain a better experience of the history of this historic trail.
Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, June 19, 2020
2. Yreka Trail - Splendid Roads Marker
View of marker looking west across Big Springs Road. The trail continued west along a section of road behind the gate and then meandered west/northwest to Marker Y-18. An original trail swale is visible across Big Springs Road, just north of the gate (on private property).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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