Virtual Guidebook to the Sacramento Valley
Shasta Ghost Town
West of Redding on Highway 299 California


The original road connecting the Sacramento Valley north to Oregon avoided the steep canyon of the Sacramento River. Its initial few miles were also the best route to the gold diggings of the Trinity River at Weaverville.

For a few years the town of Shasta, just west of Redding, was a busy place. But when the railroad was built in the river canyon the crossroads site of Redding became more important, and Shasta withered away. Now it is just a block or two of brick ruins flanking the highway.



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What was once the broad Main Street of the gold rush era town of Shasta is now now highway 299, connecting Redding to Weaverville.

(May 4, 2001)


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Inside the ruins of the Wills Building on Main Street in the ghost town of Shasta.

(May 4, 2001)


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