1904 May 13, 4th Class Post Office established at Ingot, Shasta County, California. The name comes from the mining process built in the location. Copper and Zinc were extracted from the vast ore and processewd into ingots. Located in a canyon 12 miles northeast of Bella Vista, Ingot was once a thriving vicinity.

1904 May 13, Winfred Wright, First Postmaster.

1906 February 23, Harry E. Bush, Postmaster.

1906 February 25, San Francisco Chronicle - Washington D.C., Feb 24 - Harry L. Bush appointed postmaster at Ingot, Shasta County, California.~

1908 January 30, Harry C. Quirk, Postmaster.

1913 November 1, Frank L. Wilson, Postmaster.

1915 November 24,  William McKendrick, Postmaster.

1917 January 30, C.A. Lowman, Postmaster.

1920 July 14, Ralph M. Calkins, Postmaster.

1938 December 16, Mrs. Lottie Garden, Postmaster.

1939 January 9, Mrs. Lottie Willfoung, Postmaster.

1940 August 17, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Bella Vista.







1887 January 6, A 4th Class pst Office was established at Inwood, Shasta County, California. The name comes from a shortening of the phrase "hidden in the woods." Located 5 miles NW of Shingletown and 16 1/2 miles NE of Ball's Ferry, the locale was populated enough for needing its own P.O.

Mrs. Mary Adams was the first postmaster.

1904 November 22, James H. Adams, Postmaster.

1905 June 12, Edward A. Martin, Postmaster.

1905, Inwood Schol built.

Lassen Loomis Chapter 1914, E Clampus Vitus Plaque - Dedication 2009 April 25 at Inwood Road, Shingletown, California:

Inwood School was built in the summer of 1905. It was a one room school with one teacher who taught from first grade through the eighth grade. The school was vacant for a few years while a new building was built at Black Butte Road. In 1958 the building was occupied and called the Church of the Wildwood. Later when it became vacant, it was purchased by Greg and Karen Jones in 1992. Greg had it moved from Black Butte Road to Inwood and its present location at 28888 Inwood Road. It is now being used as their living quarters.~

1910 February 26, Edward Tull, Postmaster.

1912 February 10, Mathias Wengler, Postmaster

1913 October 16, Alice Wengler, Postmaster.

1919 September 15, James M. Moore, Postmaster.

1937 October 22, the post office was moved 1 1/4 miles west of the original location.

1937 November 1, Mrs. Ellen J. Cowles, Postmaster.

1947 June 30, The Inwood Post Office was discontinued and the service moved to Shingletown.


Iron Mountain

1885 December 7, A 4th Class Post Office was established at Iron Mountain, Shasta County, California. The names stems from the rich iron ore discovered here in 1870. Located 8 miles north of Shasta and 17 miles NW of Redding, William A. Taylor was the first postmaster.

1886 August 28, Iron Mountain Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Shasta.



1852, Named for its first female resident, Jane Armington, Janesville had a subscription school from 1852 to 1858. (Dutch Gulch Report)

1854, a subscription school was organized with Holly Bullard as teacher. She received $25.00 a month for teaching the three McClannahan children, three Shuffleton children, and Jamie Gunnison. (McNamar)

1859 June 25, Shasta Courier - ElectionArmington's Saloon, Judges H.H. Shuffleton and James Regan.~

1863 September 26, Shasta Courier -

Last Friday night a homicide was committed at Janesville, in Western Shasta. The case was examined into before Justice Hart of Horsetown, on Saturday, and defendant discharged.

The circumstances as they have been related to us are as follows:  It seems there had been an old differance of opinion existing between Charles McGee and Charles Lund, about some matter, and on Friday last Lund, the deceased, came to Janesville very much intoxicated and commenced making threats against McGee, who kept a butcher shop in town, and who was engaged in his shop during the evening.

Lund was armed with a Colt's revolver, and during the evening had discharged two shots in the street and seemed to be beyond the control of his friends. McGee to avoid any difficulty put out the lights in his shop, but remained on the inside, closing the gates at the front of the building.

Lund came to the shop in search of McGee, and entered the place searching the premises, but did not find what he was after, although McGee was in the shop at the time. After he went away McGee sent word to Lund's friends on the outside to take him away and not let him come back there, as if he did, and continued his threats, he would get hurt.

Later in the evening Lund got away from his friends and came back to the shop. In the meantime McGee had loaded his rifle, which he used in shooting beeves, and still remained in the shop. When Lund came back and was about entering McGee fired, the ball taking effect in the upper part of the breast and came out at the back of the neck. Simultaneous with the shot one of Lund's friends seized him by the collar to take him away but too late to save him. He fell and expired immediately.

McGee came to Horsetown that night and gave himself up to the officers of the law. The facts being inquired into, the defendant was discharged from custody.~

1868 July 23, San Francisco Bulletin - Via the Shasta Courier of July 18th:  

Nathan Graves and Alexander Sutherlin, the first former resident of Janesville and the second of Eagle Creek in this county, were recently killed by Indians in Idaho Territory near the Oregon line. They were killed by Bigfoot's band, a few days previous to the capture of that noted savage by a portion of Gen. Crook's command. The bodies, when found, were horribly mutilated and both had been scalped. These men were well-known and highly esteemed in the neighborhoods where they resided in this county [Shasta] and their friends will regret to hear of their tragic fate.~

1871, Pacific Coast Business Directory - Janesville, 20 miles s w of Shasta received mail from Horsetown Post Office. Benjamin Carpenter ran a saloon; Garden & Reagan had a general merchandise store and Sarah Nigh was a Hotel proprietress.~1886, Shasta County Promotional Pamphlet - About 20 miles nearly south of Redding, is another quite important point in our county. Although first settled by miners, the farmer, horticulturist and stockman have found desirable locations, and to-day this section is as prosperous as any in the county. Janesville has a good public school.~

1877, Janesville was located at the foot of the Bald Hills and 16 miles west of Cottonwood. The name was given in honor of the first female resident. The Janesville Post Office existed from 1861 to 1864 and then was re-established a few miles distant as Gas Point in 1875.

From the GREAT REGISTER for Shasta County, California, 1877:

John BRUNSEL, Germany, Miner, Janesville (Austin, Texas); Andrew Jackson BARBER, New York, Farmer, Janesville; John William CRISS, USA, Miner, Janesville; John CHAMPENOIS, New York, Farmer, Janesville; Joseph CHAMPENOIS, New York, Farmer, Janesville; Colin CHRISTISON, Scotland, Sheep Raiser, Janesville (Tehama County, CA); Horace Franklin DICKERSON, Georgia, Miner,  Janesville; Enoch DAVIS, Ohio, Carpenter, Janesville; Jasper DAVIS, Ohio, Farmer, Janesville; Millard Fillmore DAVIS, Ohio, Laborer, Janesville; Parry Oliver DAVIS, Ohio Farmer, Janesville; Woodbury DAVIS, Ohio, Farmer, Janesville; Kenneth DAVISON, New York, Physician, Janesville; Austin ENGLE, Ohio, Miner, Janesville; Frederick GLASSER, Pennsylvania, Miner, Janesville; William Clark GARDINER, New York, Farmer, Janesville; Miles INGALLS, Vermont, Farmer, Janesville; George KALBSKOPFF, Germany, Miner, Janesville, (Shasta County); John LESCHINSKY, Prussia, farmer, Janesville; Jacob LESCHINSKY, Prussia, farmer, Janesville; Joseph MYERS, Pennsylvania, Miner, Janesville; Hugh MOORE, North Carolina, Miner, Janesville; Benjamin Franklin MOORE, North Carolina, Miner, Janesville; Stokely Hardy MOORE, North Carolina, Miner, Janesville; Jacob MURRY, Pennsylvania, Miner, Janesville; William MC CORMICK, USA, Farmer, Janesville; James MICHIE, Scotland, Sheep Raiser, Janesville, (Shasta County); Calvin OWENS, Kentucky, Farmer, Janesville; Johnson PARKER, England, Laborer, Janesville, (Sacramento County, CA); FranK Antonio RABBIT, Portugal, Stockraiser, Janesville; Isaac Newton RADER, Indiana, farmer, Janesville; Henry Madison ROCKOLD, Missouri, farmer, Janesville; Lloyd ROCKHOLD, Sr., Tennessee, Farmer, Janesville; Robert Brank ROCKOLD, Missouri, farmer, Janesville; Hugh Hall SHUFFLETON, England, Farmer, Janesville (Renssalaer, New York); William Worthington STEWART, Connecticut, Miner, Janesville; Francis Marion SHORT, USA, Miner, Janesville; Thomas Cochran SMITH, Canada, Farmer, Janesville (Naturalized through Father); John SMITH, Scotland, Farmer, Janesville (Citizenship papers lost in fire); Charles Hamilton STEVENS, New York, Stockraiser, Janesville; Benjamin Boydston WADE, Ohio, Farmer, Janesville; Jacob WHITE, Pennsylvania, Farmer, Janesville; James WRAY, Pennsylvania, Miner, Janesville; Kenneth Shephard WILLIAMS, Michigan, Farmer, Janesville; John Washington WADE, Ohio, Hunter, Janesville.~


Kennet,  Kennett

1886 June 18, 4th Class U.S. Post Office established as Kennet, Shasta County, California. 

Located where Squaw Creek entered the Sacramento River from the west. It was the headquarters for the Squaw Creek Mining District and by 1890 had between 100-125 residents. Originally called Backbone Creek by some German prospectors in 1852, one of the first Europeans to settle here was John Sisk in 1857.

Mining was the focus and this brought Ollie Whitten who built a store, rooming house and saloon at Backbone (1883). Soon, young Charles "Charley" Golinsky (1862-1924) arrived by rail in 1884 and supported by his Uncle Bernhard Golinsky's money, bought the buildings from Whitten.

The town was laid out by Charles Butters and named for a railroad official named Kennet who spelled his name with one "t". It was a mapmaker who spelled Kennett with 2 "t's", so for the entire time the town existed, it was spelled both ways. The railroad spelled it Kennet when at the same time the post office, some newspapers and local businesses spelled it Kennett.

Charles Golinsky, First Postmaster.

1893 November 13, Bernhard Golinsky, Postmaster.

1904 March 22, Evening News, Redding, March 22 - Two of the three men who held up fifteen men in a Kennett saloon Saturday night are now in the Shasta county jail. They were captured near Cottonwood yesterday by Constable Morgan and a posse.

Yesterday morning a track walker saw three men two miles north of Cottonwood. He notified the Constable at Cottonwood. The Constable organized a posse to take in the three suspicious characters.

The men were soon discovered in hiding in the brush, One of them fled at the approach of the officers. The other two surrendered.

In the rolls of blankets which they carried were found a shotgun, knocked down, and a rifle. In the men's pockets was found $70 in money.

The two men captured answer the description given by parties robbed in Kennett, and they will be held for identification.~

1905 January 5, Boston Herald, The United States Mining Company has let contracts for the erection of a smelter at Kennet, Shasta County, Cal., to handle the Mammoth Mine ores.~

1906 May 16, Sacramento Union, BUTTERS VISITS KENNET - Kennet, May 14 - Charles Butters, the widely known mining engineer and originator of one of the principal features of the cyanide process of gold extraction, has visited Kennet again aftrer an absence of half a year. Next to the Mammath Copper Company, Mr. Butters is the largest property holder in Kennet.~

1906 October 7, Sacramento Union - ANOTHER BUSINESS BLOCK FOR KENNET - Kennet, Oct 6 - V. E. Warrens is showing his faith in the future of Kennet in a very substantial way. He is planning on his third business block. It will be of brick and two stories high, just as his present new brick building now in course of construction. The new building will be constructed adjoining the B. J. & C. Golinsky Co.'s store building on Railroad Avenue and will contain the Kennet postoffice.~

1906 October 31, Sacramento Union, SIMPLY REJUVENATED - Kennet, (Cal), Oct 30 - The new parsonage of the Kennet M. E. Church is to be simply the old parsonage of Keswick rejuvenated. The old building is now being razed. It will be brought to Kennet and rebuilt.~

1906 October 31, Sacramento Union, A BANK FOR KENNET - Kennet (Cal.), Oct 30 - The excavation for the new bank building at Kennet is complete. The bank will be a branch of the Bank of Shasta County of Redding. The new building will be of brick.~

1907 January 14, Sacramento Union, HOTEL SOLD - Kennet, Jan. 13 - The Mountain View Hotel at Kennet has been sold by M. Hanson to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Eastman.~

1907 January 31, Alva L. Merrill, Postmaster.

1911 January 11, Alva L. Merrill, Postmaster.

1914 February 20, Kenneth V. Blair, Postmaster.

1917 March 16, William O'Grady, Postmaster.

1921 October 8, John H. Tucker, Postmaster

1927 July 1, John H. Tucker, Postmaster.

1930 March 27, Mrs. Alice McKay, Postmaster.

1933 April 10, Mr. Alvah Cook, Postmaster.

1942 September 30, Postal service moved to Summit City. Kennett covered by the waters of Shasta Lake.



1896 January 9, Keswick, Shasta, California Post Office established 3 miles northwest of Waugh and 4 miles south of Copley named for Lord Keswick, president of the Mountain Copper Company who operated a smelter nearby.

1896 January 9, Louis Schuckman, First Postmaster.

1897 October 13, David B. Bork, Postmaster.

1897 December 11, Aberdeen Daily News- SECURED $2,000 IN CASH, Redding, Cal., Dec. 11 - McCormick, Saeltzer & Company's branch store at Keswick was entered by a masked robber. The occupants of the store were forced to the rear of the building at the muzzle of a pistol. The safe was robbed of about $2,000 and after locking the doors behind him the robber took the keys and disappeared into the night. Keswick is the smelting city of Shasta county, where 1,200 men receive their pay.~

1899 October 13, Searchlight (Redding, California) - J. Cal Maynard, who has been acting as postmaster at Keswick Station for the past six weeks, came down Thursday. The office is now in charge of D.B. Bork, Southern Pacific agent at Keswick Station, who has forwarded a petition for appointment as postmaster to Washington, backed by good recommendations. He will very probably receive the appointment. Mr. Maynard will complete the job of numbering the streets of Redding.~

1900 November 17, William S. Anderson, Postmaster.

1904 January 23, Free Press, Redding - Clay Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Baker of the Shasta County Hospital, came to Redding Saturday from Keswick. A few days since he was injured at the smelter. A water jacket from a furnace fell on his right foot and broke several bones. He went to the hospital Saturday afternoon for treatment. It will be some time before he will be about.~

1907 January 19, James W. Hodge, Postmaster.

1907 February 23, Joseph B. Heiderick, Postmaster.

1907 November 13, Wilson E. Lamus, Postmaster.

1908, "Of the missions attended by Father Nugent there was Keswick, which in 1902 had begun to go down to a strike of the miners, who were operating large copper mines there.

In 1904 the smelter was removed to Martinez, and the town was deserted.

In July 1908, a windstorm demolished the church. To save the lumber the building was totally dismantled at the expense of $100. The ceiling was hauled to Redding and used in the construction of the new church there. The bell, pews, and altar were also brought to Redding, and the balance of the lumber stacked up for further use." - Walsh, S.J., Henry L. (1946) Hallowed Were the Gold Dust Trails. University of Santa Clara Press, California.~

1912 September 17, Charles R. Croney, Postmaster.

1923 February 15, P O discontinued, serrvice moved to Matheson.

1962 January 2, P O re-established as Rural Station of Redding.

1965 February 28, Discontinued.



AKA:  Potter's Ferry

1852 November 10, Supposedly a post office with this name or Kilua established at the site of Potter's Ferry on the Sacramento River.

1852 November 17, "The Postmaster General has established, discontinued, and changed the names of the following Post Offices during the week ending 13th of November, 1852:"  . . . Under established -  Kilna, Shasta County, California, William Potter, PostmasterDaily National Intelligence

1853 October 27 Post Office discontinued with no records of financial return from P O or compensation paid William Potter the one and only postmaster. Potter is still listed as postmaster in 1854 sand 1855.



Kimberly (Kimberley)

1906 April 29, Sacramento Union, LIVELY TIMES AT KENNET - Work on the Balaklala Railroad and the New Smelter Rushing - A New Kimberley Will Be On the Map - Work on the spur of the Balaklala Railroad is being rapidly pushed ahead. Work on the wagon road from the mine to the smelter site is also being rushed. Men are being hired as rapidly as they put in their appearance. Manager R.T. White has arrived from Salt Lake City to take the construction work of the smelter actively in charge. The new camp is to be called Kimberley, in honor of the late Peter J. Kimberley, President of the old Balaklala company. The new company is a branch of the American Smelting and Refining Company (the Guggenheim), commonly spoken of as the trust. The new smelter, which will soon be an actual reality, is described in the current issue of Copper Outlook as follows: "The smelter will involve an expenditure of fully $1,000,000. and will have a capacity of 900 tons a day, with one large blast furnace in reserve. Three rectangular blast furnaces, which are 50x240 incehes in size, will be installed, and a reverberatory furnance, 19x90 feet will be included in the equipment. This will make the Balaklala smelter the largest in Shasta County, with a minimum capacity of fully 1200 tons a day. The Sacramento River will be drawn upon for a water supply for the smelter, annd Little Cottonwood Creek will supply water for domestic purposes."

1907 June 18, 4th Class Kimberly, Shasta, California Post Office established 6 miles northwest of Coram. Located on the property of the Balaklala Consolidated Mining Company, Peter J. Kimberly was one of the mine owners.

1907 June 18, Perry F. Anson, First postmaster.

1907 December 24, Lewis Crook, Postmaster.

1908 November 19, George L. Clayton, Postmaster.

1911 February 7, Peter L. McGarry, Postmaster.

1911 November 18, Ernest Vogel, Postmaster.

1911 November 19, San Francisco Call, Washington D.C., Nov 18th - NEW POSTMASTER NAMED FOR KIMBERLEY - Postmasters appointed today included:  California, Kimberly, Shasta county, E. Vogel, vice P. L. McGarry, resigned.~

1912 August 16, Edith M. Thomas, Postmaster.

1913 December 15, Kimberly Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Kennett.




Klotz Mill

1877, The Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, 1877 listed the following residents for Klotz Mill near Shingletown:

 818, Louis Frederick HUSTER, Prussia, Cabinet Maker (Shasta Co.); 1260, Sampson NULL, USA, Lumberman; 1464, Jacob RUPERT, Pennsylvania, Laborer; 1739, Robert TRANERNICHT, Missouri, Blacksmith; 1765, Edwin Austin VAUGHN, Vermont, Mechanic~



1896 September 5, 4th Class Knob, Shasta, California Post Office established 7 miles northwest of Platina. Named for the nearby Knob Peak.

George M. Green, First Postmaster

1897 September 21, William H. Whybark, Postmaster.

1900 November 23, Adrian J. Van Matre, Postmaster.

1901 November 14, Joe H. Hunter, Postmaster.

1903 November 23, Grant Hainline, Postmaster.

1905 April 13, Harry Ray Powers, Postmaster.

1907 March 20, Minnie A. Preisendanz, Postmaster.

1907 August 16, Minnie P. Hanson, Postmaster.

1910 September 29, Ethel G. Packard, Postmaster.

1910 September 30, Sacramento Union - POSTAL APPOINTMENTS - Washington, Sept. 29 - Appointments of the postal department for vacancies in California postoffices were today made as follows:  Ethel G. Packard, Knob, Shasta county, and George F. Bartell, Sequoia, Tuolumne county.~

1911 August 3, Clarence Nealy, Postmaster.

1914 January 9, Annie M. Cooley, Postmaster.

1916 November 4, Mae E. Noble, Postmaster.

1919 January 7, Hardin B. Littlepage, Postmaster.

1919 June 28, Henry J. Smith, Postmaster.

1921 April 5, Mrs. Mabel Kritz (Kutz?), Postmaster.

1944 May 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Platina.





1950 November 1, 3rd Class Lakehead, Shasta, California Post office established at the "head of the lake," (Lake Shasta) 2 miles north of Loftus.

1950 November 1, Mrs Edith A. Ranney, First Postmaster.

1961 October 23, Mrs. Rosalie L. Rhodes, Postmaster.



Latona on the Sacramento River near the mouth of Clear Creek and across from J.J. Bell's place was surveyed and layed out by P.B. Reading and William Magee. There were lots sold, a hotel built and a boat landing built in anticipation of riverboats coming on past Red Bluff and up the Sacramento River to this point.

There was argument over the name as Latona was that of a Greek Goddess who had not the nicest reputation. Most thought Reading for the Major P.B. Reading and the Mexican landgrant holder was most appropriate.

1866 January 27,  "On Saturday last a soldier came to the house of Joseph Mullin on the east side of the Sacramento River opposite the defunct town of Latona." - Shasta Courier Article of 27 Jan 1866 entitled Soldier in Trouble.



1891 May 29, 4th Class Latson, Shasta, California Post Office established 7 miles north of Montgomery and 8 miles south of Elena per Postal Route Map.

Mrs. Ella M. Leonard, First Postmaster.

1895 April 23, Lewis E. Leonard, Postmaster.

1895 August 31, Discontinued and service moved to Burgess.



1889 June 3, 4th Class Leighton, Shasta, California Post Office established 5 miles northwest of Roberts and 6 miles east of Redding named for the early settlers with surname of Leighton.

1889 June 3, Samuel W. Stollings, First Postmaster.

1890 September 22, Mrs. Lenora Bemmerly, Postmaster.

1891 January 22, Ida M. Leighton, Postmaster.

1893 June 15, John L. Hensel, Postmaster.

1894 September 5, Post Office discontinued and  the service moved to Redding.


Leland > Castella

1900, Railroad Map discussion:  The castle-like formation of the near-by granite pinnacles known as the Crags doubtless inspired the fanciful name which as appeared continuously on railway maps since 1900. Between 1900 and 1911, the name of an adjacent station to the north, similarly inspired, fluctuated from Castle Crag (1900-1904) to Castle Rock (1905-1909 and back to Castle Crag (1910-1911), and in 1913 disappeared entirely.~

1890 October 1, 4th Class Leland, Shasta, California Post Office established as early as 1890 August 22, named in honor of Leland Stanford, who owned a vacatiobn home at Lower Soda Springs. Located 6 miles north of Hazel Creek and 7 miles south of Dunsmuir.

Christopher C. Huffacre, First Postmaster.

1892 November 19, Free Press (Redding, California) - Bragdon & Smith of Leland postoffice, Castella, advertise in this issue the sale of their store and business with a view of locating in Colorado. This is an excellent stand, there being none better for the population. Here is the base of supplies for the Cinnabar country. Any good man with a little capital can make money at Castella.~

1892 December 28, The name Leland discontinued and name changed to Castella.

1892 December 28, Third Class Post Office established 28 December 1892 called Castella (was Leland) in Shasta County. The name was inspired by the nearby crags said to resemble castles AKA Castle Rock (no Post Office). Located 6 miles north of Hazel Creek and 7 miles south of Dunsmuir.

1892 December 28, Christopher C. Huffacre, Postmaster.

1893 June 15, Charles A. Gans, Postmaster.

1894 August 3, Charles howard, Postmaster.

1894 January 20, Lena Mason, Postmaster.

1895 May 24, Castella Post Office began servicing the Brewster location as their post office closed.~

1895 December 27, Lonis Autenreith, Postmaster.

1896 December 4, Harvey O. wickes, Postmaster.

1904 December 13, John Q. Smythe, Postmaster.

1911 April 1, Jesse A. Bell, Postmaster.

1911 April 2, San Francisco Chronicle, New California Postmasters, Washington D.C., April 1 - California Postmasters appointed:  J.A. Bell, vice J.Q. Smythe resigned, Castella, Shasta county.~

1914 February 4, Sacramento Union, DIED - BRACKINS - In Castella (Shasta County), February 1, 1914, Mrs. Sarah E. Brackins, mother of Samuel E. Brackins, a native of North Carolina, aged 101 years, 6 months.~

1917 July 29, San Jose Mercury News - FIRE DAMAGES RAILROAD - Thirty five men under the direction of the forest rangers tonight were attempting to stay the advance of a forest fire which has been burning along Castle Creek, west of Castella, since Thursday. The flames damaged the logging railroad of the Burns Lumber Company and have consumed considerable fallen timber and four railroaf trestles.~

1921 February 21, Lew E. Wickes, Postmaster.

1924 March 3, Lew E. Wickes, Postmaster.

1928 March 7, Lew E. Wickes, Postmaster.

1932 March 17, Lew E. Wickes, Postmaster.

1936 March 31, Ethelbert T. Stanford, Postmaster.

1938 January 17, Herbert Walsh, Postmaster.

1938 June 10, Mrs. Vesta P. Basham, Postmaster.

1942 August 24, Mrs. Vesta P. Basham, Postmaster.

1943 May 17, Mrs. Ruth Lee Head, Postmaster.

1944 July 1, Mrs. Jessie Lunette Horsefield, Postmaster.

1945 May 17, Mrs. Agnes L. Pressly, Postmaster.

1945 June 4, Mrs. Bertha M. Freese, Postmaster.

1960 June 30, Mrs Marina Coppi (sp?), Postmaster

1963 July 26, Mrs. Olive A. Jones, Postmaster.




1886 January 26, 4th Class Post Office established as Lisbon, Shasta, California located 7 miles south of Hazel Creek and 8 miles north of Bayles.

Henry W. Walbridge, First Postmaster.

1886 November 2, Lisbon Post Office discontinued and trhe service moved to Bayles.



See:  Pollock > Loftus



1878 April 11, 4th Class Loomis, Shasta, California Post Office established.

1879 May 14, Discontinued. Service moved to Shingletown.

*One source says Homer W. Loomis, First Postmaster. Another says James O. Loomis. More research needed.


Lower Springs 

1871, Lower Springs - George's occupied by W. H. George - Pacific Coast Business Directory for California, 1871-1873, published 1871, Shasta county, Quartz Mills for Gold counted on November 1, 1870.~

1877, Per the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California:

Edwin Leland BALDWIN, New york, Miner; Joseph Hutchings BAILEY, New York, Farmer; Real Monroe BOTTSFORD, USA, Miner; Timothy CONKLIN, New York, Farmer; John Wilson DAVIS, Michigan, Farmer; John DINSMORE, Kentucky, Farmer; Joseph Franklin DINSMORE, Illinois, Farmer; Gilman DAVIS, New York, Farmer; William DANIELS, England, Miner (Mineral Point, Wisconsin); Martin FREY, Germany, Teamster (Platte City, Missouri); Gottlieb Fastus DEISTELHORST,       , Farmer (Shasta Co.); Tghomas Garrett HOUTALING, New York, Miner; James HALL, Canada, Farmer (Oneida County, New York); Henry JONES, USA, Merchant; James LEVENS, Illinois, Miner; Benjamin OLIVER, Vermont, Farmer; William REDIKER, Germany, Teamster (Shasta Co.); Nelson Cushing SWEETSER, Maine, Miner; Hubert Augustus WISER, Germany, Gardener (Shasta Co.); Henry Clay WOODRUM, USA, Farmer; Augustus WOOD, USA, Farmer; Jonathan Francis WILCOX, New York, Miner.~

1908 December 4, Shasta County Democratic Register, Redding, Shasta County, California- The pioneer Wiser house, at Lower Springs, about a mile from Shasta, on the old Redding road, was burned Wednesday evening. Henry Skewis, the care-taker, was preparing for bed, when the flames burst out overhead, evidently catching from a stovepipe. The building burned rapidly, and Skewis, who is an elderly man, could save nothing from the house.

In the days of old, and the days of gold, the miners ate, drank and were merry, and they all had the price. Lower Springs was a lively camp, and for awhile the road was the main highway fro travel and traffic between the valley and the mines. The Wiser place was the property of Hubert Wiser, who planted the vineyard south of the road, and with Terry, engaged in the manufacture of wine. Later, Wiser took the property. He used to purchase grapes all over the county, and the wine he made was in demand by teamsters and the traveling public. Many a ton of freight traveled up that old grade in quick time, when the juice of the vine got the old-time teamsters in god cussing shape. And the long string of mules and horses, with jingling bells and thundering wagons, pulled into old Shasta like an army train on the move.

A picturesque feature of the Wiser place was the giant orange trees. With the towering palms that were planted by Benjamin Swazey at Lower Springs, they formed a striking contrast in the mountain scenery, giving the locality the appearance of a semi-tropic grandeur. Here Joaquin Miller, on one of his pilgrimages to old Shasta, caught the inspiration of his famous poem, published in St. Nicholas, called "The Gold That Grew by Shasta Town" one of the best poems the genius of Miller produced.

After Wiser's death the place was sold to the Spanish Mining Company of Napa, and the place was worked for gold quartz. Extrensive works and a milling plant were created, though the property is idle now.~


Ludwig's Bridge

1853, John Graff built the Toll Bridge over Cottonwood Creek to serve the "Bell Cut-off" Road which ran down the south side of Cottonwood Creek in 1853, 2.5 miles from Cottonwood. He then sold to Wilhelm Ludwig on 16 June 1855.

1856 - bridge lost to high water. Rebuilt.

Ludwig added a hotel, blacksmith shop, corrals and stables as this was a busy and most direct route from Red Bluff to Shasta.

In 1861, the bridge was washed away in a flood. According to Mrs. Adeline Gilman, daughter of Wilhelm Ludwig, this time the bridge was not rebuilt and travel was diverted to the bridge closer to Cottonwood.

W. Ludwig employed Native Americans of the Wintu Tribe to work at his farm, toll bridge and boarding house. The terminolgy for the time was to call the workers the Ludwig Indians, just as Major Pierson B. Reading's employees were referred to as the Reading Indians. They lived at the location of their work or very nearby, and usually stayed out of the troubles that other tribe members may have experienced with food shortages and territorial disagreements.

Mary Wilson, the first to receive a marker in the Cottonwood Cemetery "died June 29, 1874, at the age of 35 years, a native of California" was said to be a Ludwig Indian who married a Caucasion by the name of William M. Wilson who owned the land that became an Indian cemetery that evolved into the Cottonwood Cemetery that is still used today.

Early 1860's George Furman built a flour mill at the Ludwig Crossing. This was a stone mill and stood atop the point of land overlooking the Cottonwood Creek channel, just across the Ludwig Gulch which became the Green Gate Ranch homesite. The Mill race came out of Cottonwood Creek farther up stream and can possibly be seen along the creek bank.

In 1867, the toll road from South Fork of Cottonwood Creek and Ludwig's Bridge to Trinity was surveyed over the Trinity mountains.

In 1868, a new hotel was built as a two-story structure, dormitory type with a deep veranda across the entire front. In 1871-1872, the arrival of the railroad shifted the business to Cottonwood and Anderson, so the hotel became a boarding house.

1871, Pacific Coast Business Directory:

Ludwig's Bridge located 22 miles south of Shasta received mail at American Ranch Post Office. The businesses were Wilhelm Ludwig, Hotel Proprietor; W. Lukes and E. Nicholas, Flour Manufacturers; and Dr. Oscar Smith, Physician.~

1877, Per the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, the residents  of Ludwig's Bridge were:

Richard CARPENTER, Ohio, Farmer; Jacob FOSTER, Bavaria, Farmer (Shasta Co.); John FOSTER, Bavaria, Hotel Keeper (Shasta Co.); Philo GEER, USA, Miller; William John GRANGER, New York, Mason; William PINNELL, Michigan, Farmer; Powhatan Bolin Hunter PHIFER, Virginia, Farmer; Lew Edward ROYMEL, Ohio, Teamster; Henry SYMAN, Prussia, Merchant (Red Bluff, Tehama, California); William McClure WILSON, Kentucky, Farmer.~

Mrs. Wilelmina Ludwig sold the place in 1905 to an Edward Stopher who in turn sold it in 1916 to John Tolan.