Category Archives: Historical

Genes Drive In in Redding

A Facebook post reminded me of this image I captured of the old and semi-famous Gene’s Drive In. A classic Highway 99 burger joint that in its day often attracted crowds of hot rod enthusiasts. Seen here with a “classic” … Continue reading

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1890 Map of Redding meets Google Earth

This Map of Redding from 1890 matches up well with satelite imagery borrowed from Google Earth. I did these frames some time ago, but finally got around to animating them. Click to enlarge Being a rail town on a river, … Continue reading

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Bike to the movies in 1940 Redding

While surfing at the Library of Congress website, I came across images of the Cascade Theatre in Redding from 1940. This available .TIF image is remarkably high resolution for an online photo. I wondered what it would look like zoomed … Continue reading

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Historic Redding Theater on California Street

Facebook friend Lee Riggs posts to a group Northern California History. I always find his posts fascinating. He recently posted this image of the Redding Theater marquee on California Street in Redding, from the famous Eastman collection. I did some … Continue reading

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Visit the Courthouse Museum in Old Shasta

Before Redding existed, Shasta was the queen city of Northern California. Shasta’s mostly fireproof main street now lies in ruin. But you can catch a glimpse life in the Gold Rush era and more at the Courthouse Museum. The ruins … Continue reading

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Antlers Bridge replacement in Lakehead is a colossal structure

I don’t think these photos quite capture the scale of this mammoth construction project began in 2009, and located about 20 miles north of Redding. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a construction project this big before, hence why … Continue reading

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A Million Ways to Die in the West – We take the tour

“Cemeteries are like history books you can read” say Mike Grifantini of the Shasta Historical Society. We attended his walking tour of the Redding Cemetery over the weekend. The monuments and markers serve as a rich illustration of history. A … Continue reading

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Mabel and her bike

Columnist/Blogger Marc Beauchamp posted this interesting image of his maternal grandmother Mabel Frisbie and her bike in Redding circa 1910 in anticipation of a presentation about local bicycling. I wondered if I could clean it up. I’m not sure I … Continue reading

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Camden House offers a glimpse of Shasta history

Merry Christmas to you and yours on this holiday eve in 2013. Here’s the historic Camden House just west of Whiskeytown Lake with some holiday decor. There are historic tours listed at the Whiskeytown Ranger led tours page. This from … Continue reading

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Blacksmiths in Old Shasta today

Happened on this Blacksmith Demo this morning in Old Shasta. It really reminds you how important metal fabrication skills were to a community. Great work, smiths one and all!  

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