The last Stage

The historic town of Shasta, today a “Ghost Town” and a California Historic Park, was established in 1848 soon after early California pioneer Pierson B. Reading discovered gold in Clear Creek.  First named Reading Springs, after its founder, the town was renamed Shasta in 1850.  It prospered as a transportation hub for mule trains and stagecoaches serving the mining towns of northern California.  Once prosperous, “Old Shasta” now boasts a cozy 720 soul population, and an infrastructure that includes the ruins of the gold mining town, a church, a post office, an elementary school, a store and the oldest Masonic lodge in California.

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August 26, 2011 - 04:40

Jim Denham Could you imagine traveling in one of these coaches? IT was the cadillac of its time I’m sure! Very cool Jacques!

August 26, 2011 - 12:36

Janis Hill I have a team of horses I’d really love to hitch to this coach. If you ever want to see a reenactment of the Ruggles Brothers holdup check out the Law Dawgs and Pistoleros of the Old West website for dates and times.

August 29, 2011 - 09:58

Mike Criswell This is a sweet shot Jacques

August 29, 2011 - 14:49

Toad Hollow Photography To call this incredible isn’t doing it justice, Jacques, what an AMAZING photograph!

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