1888 March 9, A 4th Class Post Office established as Dana, Shasta County, California located 14 miles NW of Fall River Mills per the Postal Route Map. Named for the Loren Dana Family who operated a lumber mill there.
1888 March 9, Elmer D. Boyes, (Boyce) First Postmaster.
1891 July 24, Ethan Boyes, (Boyce) Postmaster.
1891 September 12, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Boyes, (Boyce) Postmaster.
1898 May 21, Charles E. Archer, Postmaster.
1900 October 1, John H. Crum, Postmaster.
1902 January 14, Hiram F. Crum, Postmaster.
1903 March 27, Samuel O. Rock, Postmaster.
1904 April 19, David Ripley, Postmaster.
1904 April 20, San Francisco Chronicle - New Postmasters named, Washington, April 19 - California Postmasters appointed to-day: Dana, Shasta county, David Ripley.
1907 December 16, Louis Brewster, Postmaster.
1920 November 2, Red Bluff Daily News - Advertisement - 162 ACRE RANCH FOR SALE - In Fall River Valley, Shasta county, 100 acres meadow land, balance timber and grazing land; good buildings and improvements; 20 head stock cattle; 1 team young mares; all farming implements; 60 tons hay. Price $8,000., terms if desired. For particulars address T.R. Elder, Dana, Shasta Co., Calif.~
1921 March 4, Born - to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Day at Dana, Shasta Co., a daughter.
1929 January 3, George Brewster, Postmaster.
May 1967, Early Day Life in Dana by Josephine Bosworth for a local history class instructed by Richard Roberts. Excerpts:
"Dana Town is on the main road leading to Bartle, Sisson [now Mt. Shasta] and McCloud. Dana was a stopping place for the teamsters and mail stages going from our valley to Bartle. Bartle was about 20 miles from Dana. There was a hotel at Bear Flat about where the Pondosa Road turns off the Highway 89 and that was a stopping place for the teamsters enroute to Sisson. At Dana there was a hotel, post office, two-story store and a livery barn for the teamster's horses. Our freight was brought from Sisson where there was a railroad station. Heavy laden wagons, filled with all kinds of freight, were driven with four, six or eight horse teams. This necessitated stopping places for the teamsters about every ten, fifteen or twenty miles. These stopping places were Sisson, Elk Lawn, Bartle, Bear Flat, the Hill Place, about one mile north of Dana, Dana, Glenburn and Fall River Mills."~
"Above Dana, about 7 or 8 miles, was the Florin Lumber Mill on Bear Creek. It was run by water power and the penstock was made of even sized logs. It ws quite fascinating to look at. The Florin Mill was built by the three Florin Brothers, Ernst, Louis and Fred. They logged the timber with oxen. The feed was so plentiful that they turned the oxen out at night and let the feed all night and caught them in the morning and used them to bring the logs into the mill. The Florins also had a Sash and Door factory in Fall River Mills, just on the bank of the river above the rapids. Here they made all kinds of wood products, even caskets. We had four roads that led to the Florin Mill. One via Erickson's, one on the Hill Road and one in between the Erickson and Hill roads that went past Charley Eastman's homestead. We could also go on the Boyce Road to Bear Flat and cross over the hill to the Florin Mill. At Dixon Flat there was a sawmill owned by Chase and Sanborne. In the 1880's they had their Post Office at Burgettville. This was later known as Glenburn. This was quite a distance to go for their mail."~
"Our Ft. Crook school was a winter school, but we had a summer school at Soldier Mountain District, about 3 or 4 miles out in the timber." ~
1976 April 29, Inter Mountain News - 10th article in a series by Lillian Kent and Norman Smith. Most of the information obtained from the Fort Crook Museum.
The town of Dana was named for a man by the name of George Dana [Loren Dana, George's father] who owned a large acreage of the property around Dana. His place comprised the two heads of Fall River, Big Springs (or Rainbow Springs) as some call it, now the property of Zareda Jensen; and the other head is comprised of a Million Springs, heading Mallard Creek, a branch of Fall River with springs large and small coming out of the lava. This place is now owned by Dr. Vincent Meyer, these two branches come together about a half mile below the Rainbow Springs.
Mr. Dana had a sawmill just below the Rainbow Springs, run by water power, supplying local residents with necessary lumber in the 1880's. The first School House was on his property, and was called the Fort Crook School District. 7 August 1877, it was a Log House, and was on the corner between the road and the present school building, this housed the school from the 1880's until the new school was built sometime before 1890. This school was in operation continually until Unification of the Districts.
Last July 26, 1964, Mrs. Sadie McKay Hayes, a teacher in this district in 1894, came to visit the School House together with two of her former pupils. Recalling many memories she taught the nine grades from one to ninth, our playground equipment was the small pine trees, large enough to climb up and swing back and forth, the games were Town Ball (baseball), Hide and Seek and Teeter Board - a board balanced on a log.
Christmas was the one feature of the year, a program with all participating, a large Christmas Tree decorated with popcorn strings and numerous Christmas candles lit to give brilliance to the occasion, the branches laden with gifts for all. No fear of fire in those days. Some of the pupils walked from one to five miles distant to attend, if the snow was frozen they walked on top of the snow or came on snowshoes, some were fortunate to have a horse to ride so would pick up those along the way, as long as there was room enough on the horse's back.
At one time Dana comprised of a Post Office, Hotel Stage Stop, Herod's General Merchandise Store with a large hall on the second story where many Holiday dances were held to the music of Bosworth's Orchestra - the orchestra consisted of four pieces, Violin, Bert; Clarinet, Curt; Guitar Gell and Organ, Birdie Hulsey Melone and Rachel Peck Brown (Willard Brown's mother). They began playing in the early evening and continued until daylight the next morning, coming in sleighs from Cayton Valley, during wintertime. Other enjoyments for the community were Play Parties at different homes in the winter time. Summer time found all too busy for parties. Beyond Dana, one mile, was the Hill Hotel and stopping place. Mr. Hill had made a competitive road joining the Boyce Road at Dixon Flat, claiming not so much hill to travel. However, today the main road travels the old Boyce Road over the Boyce Grade and the Hill Road is almost abandoned.
At one time the Hill place had a Post Office named Alpha, which was in existence just a few years as well as a newspaper, Alpha Daily, printed there for about the same length of time. The newspaper was of short duration and we do not know of any copies in existence.
In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harden took over the hotel and Stopping Place for several years. One year in the 1890's Mr. Hill experienced a great loss of cattle resulting of deep snow, a thaw that caused flood waters around his home and many of his cattle were drowned as well as frozen in the flood waters thus causing them to be left for several weeks until the thaw came so they could be removed. Of course all neighbors helped in any way they could.
The changing of ownership of much of the property around Dana has made a different picture from the original one. The Fort Crook District School House still stands but is gradually being destroyed, to our sorrow.~