Category Archives: History

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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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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A Taste of History in Old Shasta

This is the third year that the Shasta Historical Society has hosted a fundraiser in Old Shasta. We attended with great delight. It looks like others were delighted as well. Good turnout. Great to see old friends and new. There … Continue reading

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Redding’s Al Johanson passes away at 91

I recently read that Alger “Al” Johanson has passed away at 91. He gave me my first full time job in Redding in 1974, and became something of a pivotal figure for me as a young man. I see currently, … Continue reading

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Jefferson Backroads magazine

I picked up one of these free magazines recently. “A happy little publication.” Based in Grenada, this magazine and their Jefferson Backroads website are filled with smalltown ads and articles from around the Northstate. I see a particular emphasis on … 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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Historical walk at Diestlehorst Bridge reveals our connection to the past

Connections. That’s what looking at history provides. Connections to the past. We attended the Shasta Historical Society’s walking tour of Diestelhorst Bridge yesterday. Below, historian Mike Grifantini offers stories that help connect us all to the Diestelhorst Bridge. The story … Continue reading

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Historical walk in Turtle Bay

Here’s a few images from the August 31 Historical Society walking tour of Turtle Bay. Our guide Mike Grifantini really knew a lot about the region. There were about 60 participants. I learned quite a few interesting things about the … Continue reading

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