Bald Hills

Located 6 miles south of Ono, Shasta County between North Fork and Middle Fork of Cottonwood Creek -So named for the peculiar look of no trees and shrubs - No Post Office - Voting Precinct -Schools:  Excelsior, Bald Hills - Mining and Ranching -

1856 February 5, San Francisco Bulletin, from Shasta Courier: From the Bald Hills, we learn that along the whole length of the Bald Hill ditch, which conveys the waters of a branch of Cottonwood Creek through the region of country around Bald Hills, for a distance of eight or ten miles, laborers are rewarded with highly remunerative wages.~

1858 August 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - Elijah Poorman, Inspector; William Knowlton and S.E. Love, Judges.~

1859 June 25, Shasta Courier - Election - Bald Hills- Knowlton's Store, Judges: William Knowlton and John Fowler.~

1859 August 6, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - G.E. Gove, Inspector; William Knowlton and E. Bohannan, Judges.~

1868 August 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election Precincts - Bald Hills:  H. Fidler, Inspector; James Chestnut and H. Gary, Judges; T.A. Jones and J. Drew, Alternates.~

1871 - Pacific Coast Directory for California - Bald Hills folks had to get their mail at Horsetown or receive it via an Express man. It was considered 25 miles to Shasta. Michael Braner was a wool and sheep merchant; James S. Drew had a blacksmith shop and Henry Gary provided general merchandise.~

1872 November 7, Bald Hills School established.~

"Bald Hills School established 7 November 1872."- Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard~

1872 November 16, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered, that a new School District be formed, bounded as follows:  Commencing on the North Fork of Cottonwood at the mouth of Bee Creek, running up Bee Creek to the mouth of Olsen Gulch, up Olsen Gulch to its head; thence on a line to North Cottonwood up said North Fork of Cottonwood, to the mouth of Jerusalem Creek, to the top of the mountain; thence south, or with the divide to the head waters of the Middle Fork of Cottonwood, thence down said Middle Fork to the point at which the line between Ranges 6 and 7 West, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian, crosses said creek and from thence north along said Range line to the north Fork of Cottonwood Creek, and from thence up said creek to the place of beginning. [description for Bald Hills School District].~

1877, List from The GREAT REGISTER for Shasta County:  Elijah Dixon BAKER, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; John Baptiste BALLOY, France, Miner, Bald Hills; Michael BREWER, Germany, Farmer, Bald Hills (Shasta County); James Martin CHESNUTT, USA, Farmer, Bald Hills; Meredith Clark COSTEN, Tennessee, Farmer, Bald Hills; Manuel Fortado DACRAZ, Portugal, Miner, Bald Hills; Henry Johnson DELLEBANTE, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; James Harvey DICKERSON, Georgia, Miner, Bald Hills; Thomas LARKIN, Missouri, Farmer, Bald Hills; Frank LITCH, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; Jehu McMINN, Georgia, Miner, Bald Hills; William Voluntine MURPHY, Pennsylvania, Miner, Bald Hills; James SOWLE, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; Jehu STUCK, USA, Farmer, Bald Hills; Carl VOSS, Germany, Farmer, Bald Hills (Shasta County).~

1877 February 1, Weekly Rescue (Sacramento, California) - Shasta County - Bald Hills Lodge, No. 170, recently gave an "oyster supper," the net proceeds of which, $40. was applied in liquidation of hall debt. Brother William S. Kidder, the Lodge Deputy, says the hall debt will soon be wiped out, when something substantial will be done for the Orphans' Home Fund. The "dime collection" was not taken, but a temperance meeting will be held on the 11th inst., when the collection will be for the benefit of the "N.T.S. dime collection."~

1880 - Census - Dutch Gulch Report - "The census taker then turned west into what he called the 'Bald Hills.' He found another single stock raiser, and then William Frazer, placed by Homestead records in the northeast corner of Section 32. The census taker next found five households of Anglo and Indian miners, some with wives but none with children. One of these is listed as Charlie, and would be Charlie Maupin. . ."

Isaac Crow, for whom Crow Creek is named, is living with an Indian wife as of 1880. Together this group of five households probably formed the Indian Village near Gas Point.

Other families listed in 1880 are Rader and Marshall. The Marshall place later became the Thomasson place.~

1881 July 23, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - List of School District Clerks - Bald Hills - F.D. Robinson of Gas Point.~

1881 August 2, Excelsior School established near Middle Fork Cottonwood Creek.~

Fall 1883, Redding Free Press -Strange it is how settlers will live for years in a certain locality and know scarcely anything of its resources. We are told that a gentleman settled in the Bald Hills, near Igo, and for four years hauled all the water he used. Finally he determined to sink a well, and upon going down twenty feet struck a stream of artesian water which ran over the top of the well.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Excelsior School:  Addie Seat.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers -Bald Hills - Emma Frank.~

1899 August 12Searchlight, Redding, California, - Shasta County List of School Teachers - Bald Hills:  Eva Jones.~

1899 August 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Shasta's List of School teachers - Excelsior:  Blanche King.~

1899 December 24, Red Bluff Daily News - BIG LAND DEAL - A deed was filed for record Friday wherein the San Francisco Savings Union transfer to the Cosmos Land and Water Company 8360 acres of land in the Bald Hills in Shasta County. The land is part of the noted diamond stock range formerly owned by Hardin & Riley, the Santa Rosa cattlemen. The price paid is quoted at $39,200. The range extends into Tehama county and it is presumed that part of it is also included in the transfer. - Free Press.~

1901 July 19, Red Bluff Daily News, SHEEP FEED BURNED - Booker Gill, who has a band of sheep in Shasta County, had the misfortune to lose all his fall feed by a fire which swept over his range, which is just west of Major Kimball's sheep range, in the bald hills country. Fire just missed the latter's range.~

1901 - Red Bluff Daily News - Two oil firms tested the land in the Bald Hills area, southern Shasta County (on Kimball's Sheep Range) searching for oil. Kimball's acreage there was from 4,500 to 6,000 acres.

1903 - J.J. Miller, Macie Jordan, Teachers; James Barr, Labor; Bald Hills School~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS EMPLOYED - ...Miss Macie Jordan, Bald Hills...

1905 - Olie Thomasson, Teacher.~

1906 - Eva M. Jones, Teacher.~

1911 - The Chinese Store in the Bald Hills closed. (?)~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Mrs. Helen Thomasson.~

1914 May 3, Redding Record Searchlight (Today in History 3 May 2014)- "The Excelsior School in the Bald Hills closed on April 24. The pupils who passed the examinations were Fern Drew, Money Hickman, John Drew, Frank Drew, Charlotte Coumbs, Gladys Coumbs, Eva Walker, Ray Walker and Mabel Walker. Martha Hufford was the teacher."~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Bald Hills - Mrs. E. Leschinsky;  Excelsior - Miss Ruth Payne.~

1917 March 9, Sacramento Union, BIG TRACT IN SHASTA IS SOLD FOR $20,000 - The most important land deal made in Shasta county in some time was closed in this city, today when the James Miller estate of 5000 acres of stock range in the Bald Hills was sold to William Foster and Dr. G. W. Grotenfend of the Trinity Land and Cattle Company for $20,000, including all stock and improvements.

The land is situated 24 miles southwest of Redding on the middle fork of Cottonwood Creek. It contains some farming land and the balance is some of the best stock range in western Shasta county. The Trinity Land and Cattle Company has extensive stock ranges near Trinity Center for summer grazing.

William Foster, who closed the deal says the company will start improving the property within the next few days by building fences, barns and corral.~

1922 June 29, Red Bluff Daily News (90 years ago, 29 June 2012) - One of the largest land deals that has been consummated in this section of the state in many years was completed today when K. King sold to James Barry, well-known stockman, the famous Kimball or Bald Hills Ranch of 600 acres in Shasta County. [reportedly for $100,000.]~

Date Unknown - Josephine E. Jordan in her Pioneer Bald Hills Days Paper:  "Nora Chandler was our first teacher. The neighbors hired the teacher and she boarded around the neighborhood by turns. Our first school was in an old store building on the Thad Jones place. As the families moved around, the school house was moved to meet the demand. Our last school house is still standing about three quarters of a mile from my home but it is not used for lack of children in the neighborhood. I also attended school in Horsetown where my teacher was Alice Mahoney, the mother of Jessie Dunn of Redding."

[Josephine Elizabeth Murphy (1860-1943) was the daughter of William Valentine Murphy (1829-1900) and Jerusha Philena Dickenson Murphy (1831-1910). She married Irby Holt Jordan (1840-1913) on 5 Nov 1879. The couple had five children. Josephine experienced life in or near the Bald Hills both in growing up and as a married woman and mother.]~

1947 March 27Myra Giles' Scrapbook and written by Rosena A. Giles (sister) for a newspaper:

MYSTERY BLAST OF 1869 NOW BELIEVED CAUSED BY METEOR - It was on Feb. 5, 1869, when a strange thing occurred in the vicinity of Bald Hills. The day was fair with no indication of storm. The people residing in the western part of the county, around noon noticed a dense, peculiar cloud hanging over the Bald hills near the head of Roaring River. About 3 p.m. the residents of Bald Hills, Roaring River, Eagle Creek and Janesville were startled by an explosion so terrifically loud and strange in sound as to cause confusion and fear to some that the fatal hour of account had come to the world.

In the immediate locality of Bald Hills the earth was felt to vibrate for several seconds after the explosion which some thought to be an earthquake. Many persons in the town of Shasta, 20 miles from the Bald Hills heard the explosion. Parties on Roaring River in the vicinity of Gray's Store said that they heard one very loud report which was followed by a succession of lesser sounds resembling the simultaneous discharge of artillery.

Two men, a white man and an Indian were tending a ditch at Bald Hills when the explosion occurred. The former, a man of intelligence and veracity, states that while he and the Indian were passing along the ditch he observed a sudden flash of yellowish light which illuminated everything around, followed by explosive sounds so loud he was stunned. While the sounds were still reverberating he saw something resembling an immense ball of blazing fire fall with great velocity to the earth, and the earth trembled beneath his feet. His first impression was that the falling body had struck within a few hundred yards of him but afterwards concluded that the distance was much greater. The air smelled strongly of the peculiar odor of that caused by friction-generated heat in machinery.

The Indian, beholding the mysterious fiery mass, fell upon the ground covering his face with his hands in abject terror. Then he leaped up and ran, never stopping until he reached a rancheria several miles distant. There he told his companions that the Great Spirit was very angry with him for some reason.

We have concluded the falling mass was a great aerolite or meteoric body. A period of heavy storms followed so that investigation seemed impossible.

Mr. Durfor, who was driving McDonald's express wagon on the same days says that he distinctly saw the flash of the meteor from near the Terbush place, and was greatly mystified for the sun was shining brightly and no indication of storm was anywhere visible.

William Miller of Eagle Creek, working on his claim some distance from home, hurried to his house fearing that several kegs of powder that he had stored there, had exploded. The explosion was heard at Bass' on Stillwater and at Woodman's on Cow Creek.

It seems at this later day that such a demonstration should not have been easily forgotten even in that day of lesser explosions traceable to man and nature:  explosions that had to be marked to find an ear to break against. I wonder if anyone, or his descendants, living today can recall anything about it? Who can?


Ballard Ferry

1871 May 13, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered that a five years franchise be granted to J.L. Ballard to keep a toll ferry across Pit River on the payment of $36.00 per annum.~

1873 April 12, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Winters and Cook recently bought the Ballard Road leading from Buney Valley to Burgettville.~


Ball's Ferry 

Balls Ferry, a locality, 6 miles east-southeast of Anderson on the west side of the Sacramento River - Post Office - Hotel - School - Flour Mill - Ferry - Lumber rafting

1867 August 3, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - DIED - At Ball's Ferry, July 24th, of congestive chills, Arabella, daughter of H.C. and Angelina Ferrill, aged 11 years, 11 months and 16 days.~

1875 October 4, A 4th class Post Office, Balls Ferry, Shasta, California, was established at this location 6 miles northeast of Cottonwood along the Sacramento River.. It was named for William Wallace Ball (1826-1888), the first postmaster. Ball operated a ferry across the Sacramento River and was the proprietor of the Ball's Ferry, Shasta, California, Hotel. The ferry was replaced by a bridge in 1896-97.~

1875 October 4, was also the discontinuation of the Parkville Post Office which had been located 1 mile north on Ash Creek. Moving it 1 mile south, it became the Ball's Ferry Post Office.~

1875 October 11, San Francisco Bulletin, Postal Changes for the Pacific Coast, Washington, D.C., October 10 -Name changed--"Park View [s/b Parkville], Shasta County, California, to Ball's Ferry, and William W. Ball appointed Postmaster."

Before the Post Office discontinued on 29 February 1916, postmasters included:  William W. Ball, George Wright, Robert Beck, Willie Flowers, Harry Hall, Timothy Goodman and William G. Hall. Upon closure, the residents received their mail through the Cottonwood Post Office.~

1877, Per the Great Register of the County of Shasta, California:  Philip Joseph GLASS, Germany, Farmer; Frank KENYON, Missouri, Laborer; William T. WILLIAMSON, California, Ferryman.~

1881, History and Business Directory for the County of Shasta, California listed eight businessmen for Ball's Ferry:  James ARNOLD, Farmer; W.W. BALL, Hotel; G.W. HALL, Farmer; William LOSAN; Farmer; A.J. LOSAN, Farmer; E.H. LOSAN, Farmer; Isaac SHOUSE, Farmer and J.F. WINSELL, Farmer. [LOSAN should be LOGAN]~

1885, Shasta County Directory:  Teachers:  Miss J. Bainbridge, A.S. Foster, F. Love.~

1888 June 30, George P. Wright, Postmaster.~

1891 September 29, Charles J. Ball, Postmaster.~

1896 January 27, Evening News, San Jose, California - Pope Lansdale was shot and killed near Balls Ferry, Cal., by George M. Wright. The murderer is still at large.~

1898 October 1, Evening News, San Jose, California - MYSTERIOUS DEATH - Jesse King, a laborer employed by Harry Smith at Balls Ferry, was found dead in a chicken yard. The man had been missing for a day, and the cause of his death is unknown.~

1899 August 9, Weekly Bee, Sacramento, California - FOUND DROWNED - Graham Bridge, the 18-year-old son of Captain A.G. Bridge, of Balls Ferry, was drowned last week in Bailey Creek, Shasta County, near Shingletown, where he was camping with a friend. Bridge was subject to epileptic fits, and it is thought that he went to the stream for water and was seized with a fit and fell in.~

1899 November 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Wilcox were Redding visitors Friday. Mr. Wilcox, with his brother-in-law, D.L. Gover, farms the famous farm below Balls Ferry, as well as the Nunes ranch on the Tehama side of Battle Creek, which they recently purchased.~

1899 November 22, Searchlight, Redding, California - CHANGES AT BALLS FERRY - J.E. King, a young man who was long employed in the blacksmith shop at Balls Ferry conducted by George Wright, was in town Tuesday after a visit to Sacramento, Marysville and Chico. He has quit his Balls Ferry job and may locate in Redding. He reports many business changes at Balls Ferry. R.O. Beck, the storekeeper has purchased the Blacksmith shop of George Wright and leased it to Frank Whitlock. Mr. Wright and family will move soon to San Francisco. Mr. Beck has also purchased and will conduct the Balls Ferry Hotel. Mrs. C.J. Ball, who has conducted the hotel in the past, will remain at Balls Ferry.~

1899 December 1, Robert O. Beck, Postmaster.~

1899 December 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Harry Smith, a successful farmer of Balls Ferry, was a Sunday visitor in Redding. Mr. Smith is a son-in-law of Mrs. Mary Carr of Redding.~

1899 December 17, Searchlight, Redding, California -Ernest Giles and sister, Miss Myra Giles, were up from Balls Ferry Saturday. Miss Giles teaches the Balls Ferry School.~

1899 December 20, Searchlight, Redding, California - Marriage Licenses - The other license issued Tuesday was to Wellburn Flowers, a native of Oregon, aged 25 years, a resident of Balls Ferry, and Ella M. Thatcher, a native of California, aged 22 years and a resident of Shingletown.~

1899 December 21, Searchlight, Redding, California - A.N. Dunham, formerly in partnership with Luke Lukes in the flour mill business at Balls Ferry, paid Redding a visit Wednesday.~

1900 December 15, Willie Flowers, Postmaster.~

1902 February 28, Harry Hall, Postmaster.~

1902, May Day Edition of the Cottonwood Herald - "Harry Hall, the genial and popular member of the firm of Hall & Morgan, Balls Ferry, is a son of W.S. Hall who came to Tehama county in "the days of forty-nine." Mr. Hall, when he became of age, went into the livery business at Anderson where he remained two years, afterwards dealing in stock. Early this year he formed a partnership with George Morgan, purchasing the Balls Ferry Hotel and Store. The firm is doing a good business and have a promising future."~

1902 May, This glowing report was a special article in the May Day Edition of the Cottonwood Herald - Along the picturesque Sacramento River, there is not a prettier spot than that occupied by the Balls Ferry Milling Company. The mill enjoys the proud distinction of being the only one in Shasta County which places its product direct on the market made from grain grown within its surroundings.

That the output under the management of Mr. L.D. Cheney, has proven successful, it is only necessary to say that the mill, which has a capacity of fifty barrels a day, is worked to the fullest extent, and arrangements are already in progress to increase the output.

The roller process -- the very latest, run by water-power which secures the best results in flour-milling-- is still adopted with he best results, being operated by one of the oldest and best miller in the state.

The Herald learns with much satisfaction that the trade both here and at Redding, De LaMar, Copper City and other places in the county, has been doubled since Mr. Cheney took charge of the mill.

Everything in and around the mill has been improved and renovated, and not a feature that would add to the perfecting of a flour mill has been neglected in the new arrangements.

That the mill will meet with success in the future is a foregone conclusion; the article speaks for itself and behind it is the right man in the right position. ~

1903 November 17, Timothy D. Goodman, Postmaster.~

1904 February 7, Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) - Ad. - Flour Mill for sale or exchange for stock of merchandise. A 50-bbl.roller, sifter system, water power mill in most prosperous part of California. Mill is practically new; abundance of grain, fine mill door trade; entire output marketed in vicinity. address L.D. Cheney, Ball's Ferry, Cal.~

1914 August 6, William G. Hall, Postmaster.~

1914 August 8, Sacramento Union - NAME CALIFORNIA POSTMASTERS - Washington D.C., Aug 7 - The following fourth class postmasters for offices in California have been named:  Balls Ferry, Shasta county, William G. Hall. . .~

1915 June 2, Searchlight, Redding, California - TO SELL IN BALLS FERRY - W. G. Hall, the Balls Ferry merchant, has filed the usual notice of intention to sell his business. J.C. Ashbaugh, recently postmaster of Cottonwood, will be the new proprietor of Balls Ferry store after June 7.~

1915 July 17, Searchlight, Redding, California - BALLS FERRY POSTMASTER - Do you want to be a postmaster at Balls Ferry? If you do, come to Redding on Saturday, August 14, and take the civil service examination before the local civil service board. The position paid a salary of $243. last year.~

1915 August 30Searchlight, Redding, California - BALLS FERRY SCHOOL - Miss Hazel DeBerry of Anderson was in the county seat Monday to be fitted out by the county superintendent for the opening of school in the Sheldon or Balls Ferry district next Monday week.~

1915 October 27, Searchlight, Redding, California - A. J. TUGGLE IMPROVES - A.J. Tuggle [Addison Jones Tuggle (1866-1916)], Balls Ferry farmer who suffered an attack of paralysis Monday while riding horseback, was reported much better Tuesday. His daughter, Miss Mable Tuggle, has returned from his bedside.~

1916 February 29, Ball's Ferry Post Office discontinued and  service moved to Cottonwood.~

1958 September 7, San Diego Union- The Wildlife Conservation Board is spending $48, 131. for boat launching ramps along the Sacramento River - At Anderson and Balls Ferry in Shasta County, and at Bend Bridge, Tehama County.~


Basin Hollow

Basin Hollow, locality, about 5 miles east-northeast of Millville - Basin Hollow Creek, stream flows 7.5 miles to Cow Creek, 1.25 miles east of Millville - No Post Office - No School -

1899 December 28, Searchlight, Redding, California - Frank Joseph, a successful farmer and cattle-raiser of Basin Hollow, beyond Millville, is arranging for accommodations for himself and family on their visits to Redding. He commenced work Wednesday upon a cottage to be erected on the lots on South Market Street, recently purchased by him from Jerome Walden.~

1905 September 21, Sacramento Bee - FORTUNE IN SHEEP - Joseph S. Hufford, whose home is in Basin Hollow, and who is known as the "Sheep King" of Shasta County, has made a remarkable success as a flockmaster. Starting in with practically nothing, in the past six years he has accumulated $30,000 or $40,000, acquired 10,000 or 15,000 acres of range, and has from 15,000 to 20,000 head of sheep. This is even as good or better than gold mining. His success in the sheep business, however, has not been easily won, for he has been one of the hardest-worked men in the county.~

1913 October 23, Sacramento Bee - COW CREEK FARM SOLD - Henry Stacher, Sr., the pioneer, has sold his farm on Cow Creek, near Basin Hollow, to C.A. Hufford and William Fritz. The farm contains 410 acres. Hufford owns the adjoining farm.~

1914 July 3, Sacramento Bee - SHASTA PIONEER DEAD - Frank Joseph, for fifty years a farmer living in Basin Hollow, near Millville, and who died here, was aged 68, a native of the Azores and the father of nine sons and daughters. A widow survives. The funeral will be held in Millville tomorrow afternoon with Requiem Mass in Redding in the morning.~

1923 May 16, Sacramento Bee - BASIN HOLLOW MAN IS HURT BY ANGRY STEER - Charles E. Hufford, Basin Hollow stock raiser who has gained a reputation for his work in range rejuvenation, met with a serious accident as he and his nephew, Wallace Hunt, were driving some cattle across the Balls Ferry Bridge.

Hufford was kicked in the face by a steer. His nose was broken and a deep gash was cut in the back of the neck. He remained unconscious for an hour.~

1923 July 18, Searchlight, Redding, California - Dan Heryford and wife of Basin Hollow, whose home was destroyed by fire last month, were in Redding yesterday making plans for a new home, including the building of a house and the buying of furniture to put in it.~



See:  Stillwater Creek for Bass and Bass School District; See:  Bridge Bay Resort for Bass Hill



Battle Creek

Battle Creek, a stream formed by the confluence of North Fork and South Fork, flows 16 miles, mainly along the Shasta-Tehama County line, to Sacramento River 7.25 miles north-northeast of Bend, Tehama County -  North Fork, heads in Shasta County and is 29 miles long - South Fork, is in Tehama County and is formed by the confluence of Nanny Creek and Summit Creek - It is 27 miles long -  North Battle Creek Reservoir, a lake, 3500 feet long, behind a dam on North Fork Battle Creek, 11 miles northwest of Lassen Peak - Battle Creek Valley, home of Major Samuel Sheldon, good friend and neighbor of Major Reading who lived across the Sacramento River - Dr. James F.Winsell was another farmer, fruit grower living along Battle Creek, near Balls Ferry - Ferry - School - Post Office - Voting Precinct - Fish Hatchery -

1832, The stream was first called Sycamore Creek in 1832, and John C. Fremont called it Noza or Nozi Creek in 1846.  After, perhaps more than one White Man/Indian skirmish along the stream people began calling it Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Community commenced in the 1850's with Alexander Love, Samuel Sheldon, Dr. James F. Winsell and others taking up residence near the Sacramento River and what was once an island that became known as Bloody Island.~

1865 August 8, Sheldon School established.~

1865 August 12, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - On petition of citizens of Parkville School District, a new district was formed out of the southern portion thereof, and named Sheldon School district, bounded as follows:  Commencing at the mouth of Battle Creek and following the course of the Sacramento River to the high bluff immediately below the mouth of Ash Creek; thence east, three miles; thence south, to Battle Creek; thence to the place of beginning.~

1865 September 14, The Battle Creek Post Office was established 14 Sep 1865 and discontinued 25 February 1877 when the mail went to the Ball's Ferry Post Office. The Battle Creek post office was actually located in Tehama County.~

1866 November 17, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NICE PRESENT - Our thanks are due W.W. Ball, of Battle Creek for several sacks of the finest vegetables we have ever seen raised in this county. Such favors are always thankfully received, and full appreciated by us.~

1869 May 8, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Petition of tax payers of Battle Creek, asking for an appropriation to assist in building a bridge across said creek at a point where the public highway leading from Millville, in Shasta County, to Red Bluff crosses said creek.

Ordered that the County Auditor draw a warrant on General Fund for $125., in favor of the person appointed by the board.

Ordered that J.F. Winsell be appointed to receive the said sum of $125. to be expended in building said bridge.~

1871 November 9, Sheldon re-established as separate district.~

1871 November 18, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered, that Sheldon School District be re-established, with boundaries as originally designated.~

1877, Per the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California:  181, William Marshall BALES, Indiana, Carpenter; 182, Bowater BALES, North Carolina, Carpenter; 333, William Henderson COFFEY, Indiana, Farmer~

1886 May 3, Turner School established in the Battle Creek Bottom Section, near the Manton-Shingletown Road, about 1/4 mile from the Volta Power House. Later, a new school house was built about five miles farther west near the present Darrah Springs Fishery. This took the name of Turner.

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Turner School: Ettie Klotz.~ 

1895 August 19San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Sheldon School:  Mattie Blair.~

1898 December 7, Searchlight, Redding, California - Joseph Turner, of Shingletown, was in town yesterday. Mr. Turner is just recovering from a runaway accident in which he received a sprained ankle.~

1899 October 25, Searchlight, Redding, California - Joseph Turner, a sawmill man of the Shingletown country, was among the business visitors here Tuesday.~

1899 November 10, Searchlight, Redding, California - The salmon run at the United States fishery on Battle Creek is reported by the Red Bluff news to be quite light this year. So far about one million young fry have been taken, when if the run of fish had been good, probably as many as ten million would now be in the tanks.~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS EMPLOYED - ...Miss Myra Giles, Sheldon;...

1906 February 6 (Tuesday), The Shasta Courier, Semi Weekly - E. Markwick, who is erecting the new Government fishery building at Battle Creek, was in town Monday buying supplies. He says the past week of pleasant weather has enabled his crew to make good progress in excavating and now he is waiting for the arrival of the Oregon timber and lumber to be used in building construction.~

1908 - Miss Etta S. Smith, Teacher, Sheldon.~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Sheldon: Emelita G. Mahon.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Sheldon - Miss Hazel DeBerry.~

1923 March 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - The Sheldon school near Balls Ferry was closed all week on account of the illness of the pupils.~

1923 October 21Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. Clara Mills, who teaches the Sheldon school near Balls Ferry, called at the county superintendent's office Saturday.~


Baum Lake

See:  Crystal Lake



Bayha, locality 10.5 miles north-northeast of Redding - Named for George Bayha - Also known as Grey Rocks, between Buckeye and Pit River -

1900 January 4, The Post Office of Bayha, Shasta, California, located  4 miles northeast of Stillwater (currently Mountain Gate) and 6 miles south of Baird  was established to service the headquarters village of the Black Diamond Mining Company.

The first Postmaster was Adam Kirk (1851-1918).~

George Ludwig Bayha (1872-1935) was involved with mine ownerships and promotion. He partnered in the Evening Star as well as the Black Diamond and arranged for sales of some of the mines to foreign interests. Bayha is credited with building the Pit River Bridge Resort in 1922. Located where the Pit and McCloud Rivers merged prior to Shasta Dam, the resort was a popular social gathering place and service station for automobile travelers.~

1900 March 1, San Francisco Call - INTERESTS THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC COAST - Washington, Feb. 28 - " A postoffice was to-day established at Bayha, Shasta County, and Adam S. Kirk was appointed Postmaster."~

1900 December 5, Charles F. Rehwald, Postmaster.~

1900 December 8, Press Democrat - PENSIONS & POSTMASTERS - Washington D.C., Dec 5 - Postmaster Appointed:  Bayha, Shasta County, C. F. Rehwald.~

1901 April 30, Herman J. Seufert, Postmaster.~

1901 May 1, San Francisco Call - INTERESTS THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC COAST - Washington, April 30 -Postmaster Appointed - CALIFORNIA - H. J. Seufert, Bayha, Shasta County, vice C. F. Rehwald, resigned.~

1903 January 13, Lawrence E. Peterson, Postmaster.~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - George Bayha, manager of the north California Mining Company's property at Grey Rocks, is camping on the McCloud above Baird. He is accompanied by Mrs. Bayha and a party of friends from the Mother Lode. L.E. Peterson is in charge of the store and the comfortable home of Mr. Bayha at Bayha Post Office.~

1907 May 31, The Bayha, Shasta County, California Post Office was discontinued and the service moved to Buckeye, Shasta County, California.~

1911 November 7, Sacramento Union - SHASTA MINE SOLD - Kennett (Shasta Co.) Nov 6 - The Golinsky mines near Kennett were sold to a German syndicate for $100,000. The sale was made by George Bayha, a well known mining man of this county, who is now in Germany.~




See:  Delta > Slate Creek > Bayles > Delta


Bear Creek

No Post Office - This particular Bear Creek in Shasta County is a stream formed by the confluence of North Fork (8 miles long) and South Fork (14 miles long) and flows 20 miles to the Sacramento River, 1.5 miles north-northwest of Balls Ferry.~

1858 March 20, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Buckeye, March 18, 1858 - No news here, except we have heard this morning of the discovery of gold on the South Fork of Bear Creek, not far from Shingletown. We learn that the ground prospects sufficiently well to induce parties to commence work immediately.~

1861 August 3, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - MARRIAGES - On Bear Creek, July 22nd, by G.W. Adams, Esq., Mr. Rudolph Klotz to Miss Anna Smith; both of Sierra Township.~

1862 June 20, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, San Francisco, California - MARRIED - Bear Creek, Shasta county, Mayy 22d, Rufus A. Clark and Phebe Ann McCoy,~

1864 July 28, San Francisco Bulletin via The Red Bluff Independent of July 25th - W.S. Carver's sawmill, on Bear creek, Shasta County, was totally destroyed by fire on Tuesday the 19th inst., together with 100,00 feet of lumber and a barn. The fire caught from a slab pile which was being burned. The loss must be heavy. No insurance.~

1873 March 22Weekly Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - DIED - At Bear Creek, March 18th, Mrs. Sarah Adaline Taylor, wife of T.B. Taylor.~

1875, February 3, Bear Creek School established.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta county Teachers:  Bear Creek, J.D. Nedrow.~

1899 August 12Searchlight, Redding, California - Shasta's List of School Teachers - Bear Creek:  Alice Wright.~

1899 October 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - FRED DERSCH'S LEG BROKEN - Fred Dersch, the Bear Creek farmer, is confined to his bed with a broken leg. It appears that Fred recently aquired a farm above Bella Vista. He left his Bear Creek home several days ago to visit the place. After the visit he started for home but had gone only a short distance when his team became frightened and ran away. He was thrown out and the bones of a leg broken. He has a sister, Mrs. M.G. Taylor, in Bella Vista region at whose home he is at present staying.~

1915 April 15, Searchlight, Redding, California - Fred Dersch, the Bear Creek Farmer, who was in this city Wednesday to pay his taxes, is the oldest native born resident of Shasta County. Indians excepted. Mr. Dersch is a white man. He was born at Whiskytown. He and F.M. Swasey formerly disputed the honor of being the first white child being born in Shasta County. [Neither were.]

1915 June 24, Searchlight, Redding, California - Children's Day will be observed in the Bear Creek School house Sunday. After services a basket dinner will be served and then exercises by the members of the Sunday School.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Bear Creek - Miss Irma Craig.~

1921 August 6, Sacramento Bee - ORDER BRIDGES - Shasta County Plans Seven New Structures to Cost $30,000. - ...Across Bear Creek on the Mt. Lassen cut-off road; Across Bear Creek at Fred Dersch's place...~

1921 September 8, Sacramento Bee - CONTRACTS LET - ...The contract for the Bear Creek bridge on the Mt. Lassen Cut-off Road, was let to F.A. Zimmerman for $14,400.00...~

1923 June 15, Searchlight, Redding, California - Fred Marx of Bear Creek, one of the most extensive stockraisers in the county, was in the county seat Thursday in company of Mrs. Marx.~

1947By Mary Edna Rupert - "Crudely Constructed Log Cabin was First Bear Creek Schoolhouse -

The first school house in what later was called "the Bear Creek school district' was a crudely constructed log cabin erected in a manzanita thicket near a living spring not far from Bear Creek Falls - about 1862.

The building measured 12 X 16 feet in size with a door in the west end, and a spacious fireplace in the east end. Two small openings, one on either side with rough board shutters, severed as a means for light.

Holes bored into the logs of the side walls with hard wood pins driven into them, supported long cedar slabs that were flattened and smoothly hewed on one side, to about fifteen inches in width that served as a desk top, while the pupils sat on a similarly constructed bench.

The three or four scattered families donated the work of building and furnishing the structure, and no family lived nearer the school house than three miles, which distance was covered by the school children on foot.

Their first teacher was a Miss Nott, who happened to be available and had little more than an ordinary education of that day. She was hired by subscription and received free board among the several parents of the neighborhood. The term of school covered a period of from three to four months and was conducted in the spring time.

Such was the existing condition of the Bear Creek School for years, through terms taught by Anna Maria Richardson, John Schrader, Thomas Thatcher, John Bidwell, Francis Carr, Sr., Prof. Howe, B.F. Roberts, and a number of others including the late S.N. Witherow.

Late in the 1870's a larger rough lumber building was built nearby to accommodate the increased number of pupils, which was used well into the 90's when a rustic building erected a short distance away replaced it and later was moved to its present site a mile above, but still on Bear Creek."~


Beaver Creek

No Post Office - No Voting Precinct -Beaver Creek is a branch of Pit River, located in northeastern Shasta County, about 5.5 miles northeast of Fall River Mills. It was named by Major P.B. Reading in 1843, when he observed an abundance of beaver dams.~

1878 May 8, Beaver Creek School established. ~

1883 October 13, Shasta Courier, School notes - September 19th:  Beaver Creek, primary grade. Enrolled, 12; present, 10. J.B. Berger, Teacher, 2nd Grade Certificate. Salary, $70.00. The house and grounds are sadly neglected. Notwithstanding the unfavorable surroundings, the school is making excellent progress and it is evident the pupils have had the benefit of superior instruction. C. Penrose, Clerk.~

1889 May 9 - Beaver Creek School consolidated with Central School and called Beaver Creek.~

1895 August 19San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Beaver Creek School:  J.G. Null.~

1897 September 11, Shasta Courier - Teacher List - Beaver Creek:  C.E. English.~

Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard -  In the 1890's, Wilma Fitzwater was the teacher. Pupils named as Mary Knoch, Lily Knoch, Dee Knoch, Josephine Kemp, Kate Straub, Joe Straub, Celia Straub, Margaret Straub, Edith Wilbur, Charlie Wilbur, Pauline Null, Frank Lansing, Edwin Haas, Laurel Haas.~

1903 - Mary Stewart, Teacher.~

1904 - Amy G. Dye, Teacher.~

1905 - Laura C. Greer, Teacher.~

1906 - Effie Heaton, Clara E. Potter, Teachers.~

1908 - Miss Frankie Fitzwater, Teacher.~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed:  Irma P. Craig.~

From "Souvenir Card" in my possession:  Beaver Creek District of 1911:  Irma R. Craig, Teacher; Trustees:  James Lansing, Charles Straub, George Rose.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Beaver Creek - Miss Frances Durfee.~

1929 -1930, Beaver Creek School Register:  Teacher:  Mrs. R.D. Landergren from 2 Sept 1929 to 26 May 1930.

Students:  Albert Bruce, Robert Bruce, Fred Dawson, Edward Gillis, June Knoch, Nellie Knoch, Dorothy Lorenzen, Alva Moore, Herbert O'Neal, Nelda O'Neal, Albert Sawyer.~

1933-1934, Beaver Creek School Register:  Teacher:  Nellie Flood from 4 Sept 1933 to 11 May 1934.

Students:  Norma Bruce, Robert Bruce, Norman Christensen, Ronald Christensen, Ruth Christensen, Burnett Day, Delbert Day, Eldon Day, Florence Day, Lawrence Day, Eileen Ingram, Georgie Ingram, June Knoch, Dorothy Lorenzen, Albert Sawyer.~




See: Happy Valley for Beckwith Colony and Beckwith School



1895 December 6, The 4th Class Post Office was established at Beegum, Shasta County and by moving it 1/4 mile on 18 January 1900, ended up in Tehama County, California. It was then discontinued on 31 December 1917, and the residents received their mail through the Knob Post Office. Located 10 miles southeast of Knob and 42 miles northwest of Red Bluff, Beegum is a colloquial synonym to describe a bee colony. The nearby peak was honeycombed with holes inhabited by bees. Sarah Wolcott was the first postmaster.~

1895 December 6, Mrs. Sarah Wolcott, Postmaster, Shasta County location.~

1900 January 18, Lemuel D. Graves, Postmaster, Tehama County location.~

1901 April 8, John D. Graves, Postmaster, Tehama County.~

1903 August 28, John F. Goodrum, Postmaster, Tehama County.~

1908 November 16, William D. Linton, Postmaster, Tehama County.~

1916 January 3, Robert A. Howard, Postmaster, Tehama County.~

1916 November 15, William C. Wright, Postmaster, Tehama County.~

1917 December 31, Beegum Post Office discontinued. Service moved to Knob, Shasta County, California.~

1923 September 7, Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. Maybell Selvester of Beegum was in Redding Thursday. She is getting ready to open the Gas Point School next Monday.~

1923 October 3, Searchlight, Redding, California - TO MINE PLATINUM ON BEEGUM CREEK - The water in Beegum creek has got so low miners are preparing to resume their quest for platinum. Eugene Duval and George Grittner have built six hundred feet of flume through which the creek will be diverted so they can work in the bed of the stream wher lie the heavy deposits of platinum. Miners do well on Beegum Creek when the water ts at such a stage that they can work to advantage.~


Bella Vista

Bella Vista in Shasta County is a village 7 miles north-northwest of Millville - Bella Vista is a Spanish term for beautiful view -  Salt Creek stream flows 4.25 miles to Little Cow Creek, 7.25 miles north of Millville - Other streams of Bella Vista area include:  Woodman, Bacon, Willow, Yank, Jim, and East Dry Creeks - Shasta Lumber Company -  Terry Lumber Company - Anderson/Bella Vista Railroad - Flume from Hatchet Mountain to Bella Vista - Post Office(s) - Schools: Eureka; North Branch > Bella Vista

1875 August 3, Eureka School established. Location described later as:  "a few hundred feet north of Salt Creek on Highway 299E."~

1884 August 7, North Branch School established.~

1888, Shasta Lumber Company started the village of Bella Vista. Frazier or Fraser's Corner was near the present site of Bella Vista where Daniel A. Fraser had a blacksmith shop.~

1892 December 31, Free Press, Redding, California - E.S. Black, who was in from the Dump--now called Bella Vista--on Wednesday last, informed us that the Shasta Lumber Company was building a drying house capable of drying 50,00 feet of lumber a day by steam. A townsite is being laid out, and it is expected that Bella Vista will become quite a place.~

1893 May 18,  A Third Class Post Office was established sixteen miles north of Anderson. Discontinued 1918 June 30, the Post Office was then re-established at a different site, 1920 August 12. On 1937 June 9, the Post Office was moved one-half mile east.

Robert G. Hamilton was the first postmaster.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Eureka School:  Annie Durkee.~

1895 August 19San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers, North Branch School:  J.L. McCarty.~

1896 July 20, Bella Vista School established. (Was first called North Branch established August 7, 1884.)

1899 March 5, Searchlight, Redding, California - Miss Mildred Nason was in from her school at Bella Vista yesterday.~

1899 August 12, Searchlight, Redding, California, Shasta's List of School Teachers - Bella Vista:  Mrs. J. L. Bell.~

1899 August 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Shasta's List of School Teachers - Eureka:  Alma Sheppard.~

1899 October 30, The Morning Searchlight, Redding, California - H. V. Tartar, an employee of the Pioneer Box Factory at Bella Vista, was a Monday visitor in the county seat.~

1899 November 26Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. J. L. Bell, teacher of the Bella Vista school, was among the Redding visitors Saturday.~

1906-07, Katherine Smith taught in the Eureka School near the Lemm Ranch, about three miles northeast of Bella Vista. In 1908, she became Mrs. Chris Lemm.~

1908 - Miss Donna Dennis, Teacher, Eureka School.~

1911 July 8, Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Eureka: Mrs. Ollo Meyer.~

1911 July 8, Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Bella Vista: Gladys Calkins.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Bella Vista - Mrs. J.H. Larkin; Eureka - Miss Ethel M. Williams.~

1915 October 26, Searchlight - Redding, California - POST OFFICE CLOSED - The post office at Bella Vista is closed. Mail addressed to Bella Vista goes to Palo Cedro, four miles south. Palo Cedro is served by the stage running from Redding through Millville and beyond.~

1916 June 29, Francis Ray Drennon, Postmaster.~

1916 October 27, Joseph E. Terry, Postmaster.~

1918 June 30, Post office discontinued.~

1920 May 5, Sacramento Union, BELLA VISTA TO GET POST OFFICE AGAIN - Postmaster Alex Ludwig has been requested by the post office department at Washington D.C. to post notices for applications for the position of Postmaster for the office to be re-established at Bella Vista.

No civil service examination will be required. Applications must be mailed before May 21, 1920, to S.P. Morse, inspector in charge, San Francisco, Cal.~

1920 August 12, Albert L. Welder, Postmaster.~

1922 July 19, Mrs. Mary Luella Lofton, Postmaster.~

1923 March 25, Searchlight, Redding, California - Miss Margaret Ellerkamp, teacher of the Bella Vista school, was in this city Saturday. She is here at nearly every week end.~

1923 November 4, Searchlight, Redding, California, Mrs. Thomas Rutherford, teacher of the Bella Vista school, and Mrs. Hattie Forrester, teacher of the Eureka School in the Lemm neighborhood, were in this city Saturday on business with the county superintendent. The teachers are sisters.~

1937 June 8, Mrs. Edna D. Nasland, Postmaster.~

1938, Eureka School District lapsed.~

1939 March 23, Mrs. Vera F. Mallard, Postmaster.~

1939 August 1, Charlotte L. Hamlin, Postmaster.~

1943 November 14, Mrs. Florence Violet Wilson, Postmaster.~

1944 July 15, Mrs. Florence Violet Wilson, Postmaster.~

1947 October 15, Mrs. Gertrude H. Sims, Postmaster.~

1948 January 14, Mrs. Gertrude H. Sims, Postmaster.~



Bell's Ferry > Bell's Bridge

The owner and builder was known as J. J. Bell. The "J.J." stood for Joseph Jones. Bell was a principal stockholder in the Original Williams and Kellinger Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Company that brought about the mining village of Copper City (1862). Bell also participated in a land right of way deal with the Central Pacific Railroad with approximately 23 level acres forming a station that was named Girvan (1872).

Sometime in the 1870's when Bell's Bridge was replaced with a county bridge, the two main stringers were hewn from the hearts of two giant red firs that grew two and 1/2 miles east of Shingletown. The timbers were transported by horse power to the site. - Memories of George Tuggle~

1851, Bell's Ferry is said to have been established in 1851 across Clear Creek near the present day highway 273.~

1852 December 10, Bell's Toll Ferry licensed by Shasta County Court of Sessions for Joseph Jones Bell.~

1853 October 22, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that J.J. Bell, a citizen of Shasta County, State of California, will make application, at the coming December term of the Court of Sessions to be held in and for said county, for a license to establish and keep a public toll bridge across Clear Creek, in said county, at the place known as Bell's Ferry, at the crossing of the public road leading from Shasta city to the town of Tehama. Signed:  Z. Montgomery, Attorney for Petitioner, Oct 22, 1853.~

1853 December, Bridge licensed by Shasta County for J.J. Bell, succeeding the Ferry on Clear Creek.~

1853 December 7, There is a court record for road business, stating that J.J. Bell had a portion of the main Shasta -Tehama Road changed to bring it closer to where his "Mansion" would be built.~

1855 July 28, The Shasta Courier - RACING- The race between Tanner's mare "Lucy" and Harvey's bay horse "Billy" for a purse of $1000.00 - distance 350 yards - will come off, over Bell's Course on Clear Creek on Sunday, August 5th.

Other race tracks noted in Shasta County in newspaper articles between 1855 and 1859, were at Oak Bottom and the Canon House Course.~

1855 December 8, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - Is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that the undersigned will apply to the board of Supervisors, of Shasta County, on the 27th day of December A.D. 1855, for a renewal of license to keep, for the period of one year, a public toll bridge across Clear Creek, in said county, at a point on said stream where the main road leading from Shasta to Red Bluffs, via the Canon House and Huntoon's crosses said creek. Signed:  J.J. Bell. By Sprague & McMurtry, Attorneys. Shasta, Nov. 30, 1855.~

1858 April 3, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIDGE NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will make application to the Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, at their regular term, on the first Monday in May next, for a renewal of license to keep a public Toll Bridge across Clear Creek, on the main (Sacramento) road leading from Shasta to Red Bluffs, and known as Bell's Clear Creek Bridge. Signed:  J.J. Bell. Clear Creek, April 2, 1858.~

1858 July 3Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIDGE NOTICE - Notice is hereby given, that the undersigned will make application to the Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, California, at their next regular term in August, for a license to establish and keep a public Toll Bridge across Cottonwood Creek, at or near the crossing of said creek known as the "Cut-off", between the American Ranch and Prairie House. Signed:  J.J. Bell & Co., Clear Creek Bridge, June 28, 1858.~

1859 January 16, Daily National Democrat, Marysville, California - Tehama County- The Red Bluff Beacon contains the subjoined intelligence:  Bell's New Bridge - The new bridge erected by J.J. Bell, Esq., across the Cottonwood, at the middle crossing, half-way between Lean's Ferry and Ludwig's bridge, on the new road to Shasta, Yreka, and Weaverville, is one of the best and strongest pieces of frame work in this part of the State. Mr. Bell is of the opinion that Cottonwood P.O. will be removed to Mr. Kyle's Store, and thus secure the passage of C.S. Co's stages over his bridge.~

1859 May 7Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - ...and bridge license granted to J.J. Bell.~

1860 July 21, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIDGE NOTICE - Notice is hereby given to all, that the undersigned will make application to the Honorable Board of Supervisors of Shasta County California at their next regular term in August, for a renewal of license for both of his bridges - one on Clear Creek and the other on Cottonwood Creek - both on the main road from Shasta to Red Bluff. Signed:  J.J. Bell. Clear Creek Bridge, July 2, 1860.~

1862 February 15Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - License granted to J.J. Bell to keep a ferry across Clear Creek until a bridge can be built.~

1863 August 15Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Bridge License granted to J.J. Bell for ten years.~

1868 July 7, Sacramento Daily Union - A fire broke out in J.J. Bell's smoke-house on Saturday last, which consumed the building and a portion of the contents. The flames communicated to the yard fence, and the toll-bridge caught fire from the flying sparks, but by hard work the fire was suppressed and the bridge saved.~

1870 December 14, A 4th Class Post Office established at Bell's Bridge, Shasta County, California, located 5 miles south of Redding and 6 miles north of Anderson near Clear Creek.

Joseph Jones (J.J.) Bell was the first postmaster as he was the owner of the ferry, then toll bridge and the "mansion" on his ranch property with the Clear Creek stream running through. Located 5 miles south of Redding and 6 miles north of Anderson on now Highway 273, this was a popular stopping place for travelers coming to and from the mining areas.~

1870 December 14, Joseph Jones "J.J." Bell, First Postmaster.

1871 January 7, Pacific Rural Press - New Post Offices have been established:  Bell's Bridge, Shasta county...~

1871 September 5, Bell's Bridge Post Office discontinued.

1873 June 27, Joseph Mingo Cecil, Postmaster in the re-established Bell's Bridge Post Office..

1873 June 30, San Francisco Bulletin - "The following postal changes were ordered the past week for the Pacific coast:  Established at Ball's (s/b Bell's) Bridge, Shasta County, California. Joseph M. Cecil, Postmaster."

1877, The Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, had one resident listed at Bell's Bridge. That would be Joseph Mingo CECIL from Tennessee, and he was a merchant.~

1880 September 27, Henry Wirt "H.W." Chappell, Postmaster.~

1881 October 3, Bell's Bridge Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Redding.~

1881-1882,   J. J. Bell and wife Mary were residents of Santa Clara County. Henry Wirt Chappell (1840-1882) was living at Bell's Bridge and serving as postmaster until the service moved to Redding in October 1881. On 20 March 1882, Chappell committed suicide at the Bell's Bridge location.~

1882 March 28San Francisco Bulletin, State News Items - H. W. Chappell committed suicide last week at Bell's Bridge, Shasta county.~

California Historical Landmarks information (#519) states that Bell's Bridge was erected in 1851 by J. J. [Joseph Jones] BELL. It was a very important toll bridge on the road from Shasta to Tehama. Bell's Mansion was erected in 1859 along Clear Creek and was a favorite stopping place for miners on their way to the Shasta, Trinity and Siskiyou gold fields. The marker is along old highway 99 which is now Hwy 273. Clear Creek is 2,200 feet south of the Plaque. This is in Shasta County, California.~



Benton School District

See:  Manton 


Big Bend

See:  Henderson > Big Bend



See:  Whisky Creek > Blair > Stella > Schilling > Whiskytown



1907, New Station along the Southern Pacific Railroad located 3 miles north of Kennet. The beginning of the Sacramento Valley and Eastern Railroad running to the old Copper City Mining town.



1901 August 2, U.S. Post Office established at Boralma, Shasta County, California. Located 7 miles west of Kennet.

Andrew P. Anderson was the first postmaster.~

1902, Boralma was a voting precinct.~

1902 March 8, William D. Watson, Postmaster.~

1902 March 9, San Francisco Call - Postmasters Appointed:  W. D. Watson, Boralma, Shasta county, vice A .P. Anderson, resigned.~

1903 April 10, Lulu Dwyer, Postmaster.~

1906 October 31, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Kennett.~

1915 October 28, Searchlight, Redding, California - In Boralma precinct, which is at the Balaklala and Shasta King mines, only seven votes were cast, though the registered population is 72.~

Ernest Vogel, Sr. came down from Coram Wednesday morning to bring the election returns of Boralma precinct. He returned home to the Stowell mine on the next train. Seven votes were cast in Boralma. The members of the election board shook the dice to see who should bring the returns to the county seat and Vogel proved to be the best gambler.~