Where in the USA is the CoCo Locomoto? travel blog

 

 


We are staying just north of Redding, CA in Shasta City. Today the weather was sunny and in the 70's. We saw many interesting things today. We spent several hours at the Shasta State Historical Park where gold was discovered in 1849. The town was at one time called "Queen City of the Northern Mines." The main street of town named Shasta was burned to the ground twice but rebuilt as it was in the early days, the county seat. However the Wells Fargo Stage Line quit coming to Shasta when the gold begin to run out and the railroad built the railways in Redding, just 6 miles to the east. The town of Shasta is now a historical sight with a museum full of things from the Gold Rush era. The Courthouse and Litsch General Store have been preserved. It was fun to walk through the store and see barrels in which you would by a pound of flour or sugar or maybe a pickle, a derby, button shoes or yardage to make a dress. In those days there was usually just one store for everything, not like we have today.

We also walked across the beautiful walking Sundial Bridge which spans the Sacramento River in Redding. It is made of green glass, granite and steel. It is 217 feet tall, 700 feet long and 23 feet wide. Sundials are used to tell time by the sun. The tall white point you see in the photo is what casts a shadow to tell the time. If you are in the Redding area, this is something everyone should see.



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