“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cottonwood in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Reading Adobe

7 Miles →

Reading Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 29, 2010
1. Reading Adobe Marker
Inscription.  Built 1847 by Major Pierson Barton Reading, who crossed the plains in 1843, and was granted Rancho Buena Ventura, most northern Mexican grant, 1844. Site of first county seat, 1850, when Shasta included other counties. Discovered gold at Clear Creek in March and at Reading Bar in July, 1848.
Erected by Calfornia State Department of Public Works - Division of Highways. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
Location. 40° 22.277′ N, 122° 17.023′ W. Marker is in Cottonwood, California, in Shasta County. Marker is on Main Street north of Bowman Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19855 Main St, Cottonwood CA 96022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Reading Adobe (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Flume (approx. 5 miles away); Masonic Lodge
Reading Adobe Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 29, 2010
2. Reading Adobe Marker - wide view
(approx. 5˝ miles away); Anderson Historic Fire Station (approx. 5˝ miles away); Balls Ferry (approx. 5.8 miles away); California – Oregon Road (approx. 6.9 miles away); Fort Reading. (approx. 7.8 miles away); Herbert S. Miles Safety Roadside Rest (approx. 8.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is a "pointer" marker that the state put up, giving the general direction and distance to the historical site, which typically would also have its own marker. The site marker for this particular landmark, California Registered Historical Landmark No. 10, however, has more extensive text, and notes that the Reading Adobe was destroyed by vandals in 1942. Inasmuch as this marker makes no mention of the destruction of the adobe, it is likely that this pointer marker predates the Reading Adobe's demise.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. See the Site of Reading Adobe marker for further information.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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