Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
Dunsmuir
Siskiyou County California


Dunsmuir is a narrow town wedged into the canyon of the Sacramento River. It was a classic railroad town, where they added extra engines for the steep grade up over the shoulder of Mount Shasta.

My grandfather worked as a mechanic in the roundhouse here soon after he emigrated from Scotland in 1918. The turntable is still there and in working condition, but the only remnant of the roundhouse is "Roundhouse Pool" where railroad workers could fish out the window.

The trains still roar slowly through town and Amtrak stops once a day, but few employees are needed and the town depends on traffic from Interstate 5. Fly fishermen are drawn to the cold clear river and streams. Old-fashioned motels and small resorts line the old highway - check out the Cave Springs Resort.



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Dunsmuir Avenue, formerly Highway 99, the main street of charming historic Dunsmuir

(May 6, 2001)


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This was my grandfather's railroad - the locomotive roundhouse where he worked in 1919, soon after he emigrated from Scotland. The roundhouse is gone, but a deep spot in the adjacent river is still called "Roundhouse Pool"

(September 24, 2006)


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Union Pacific locomotives and the turntable in the old railroad town of Dunsmuir

(May 6, 2001)


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Site of the historic Soda Springs Hotel, on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir

(August 13, 2007)


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Under the old Highway 99 and new Interstate 5 bridges at Dunsmuir

(August 13, 2007)


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