Heading west on 299 from
‘It Hasta Be Shasta’
That’s right, the soda that comes in cherry, pineapple, chocolate, and a gaggle of flavors that make wonder why, originated in these parts. Just about the first folks to use cans as well.
‘A group of businessmen opened a health and vacation resort at the site and featured naturally carbonated spring water. The pure spring water was so enthusiastically received by visitors that the men formed Shasta Mineral Springs Company and began bottling and selling the carbonated water throughout the Pacific West Coast.’
– Shasta bottlers.
Not a mining town, Shasta was the transportation hub to the northern mining district with up to a hundred mule trains stopping over nightly on the route from
“There are brick ruins of the old town of
In the belly of the
There are also short hiking trails around the site that lead to 1800s cemeteries. In the spring there are native poppies growing all over the place.” [Mary Hanson, 07/28/2009]
Writer and poet Joaquin Miller (remember him from Battle Rock?) talks about Shasta in Life Amongst the Modocs, based on his life in the area in the 1850s. He describes his brief incarceration in the Shasta jail for horse stealing and escape with the aid of his first nation wife. One would suspect a liberal dose of poetic license in this story as stealing a horse was about the worst crime imaginable at the time and almost always got the thief hung within a few hours.
Plaque inscription: NO. 77
Coordinates for state historic park, not plaque.
Google maps: 40.599291,-122.492173