We enjoyed touring part of this awesome gold mining town today, we are both in love with the area. There is so much to see and do. It was March 1851, and gold had recently been discovered about 30 miles south of here on the Scott River. A group of six men, led by Abraham Thompson, was on its way there from Oregon and decided to camp overnight on “the flats,” about a quarter-mile from what is today downtown Yreka.
Others before Thompson and his group had camped and even prospected here; gold was found but never in sufficient quantity to spark an interest. However, while striking camp the next morning, Thompson observed something extraordinary. Because of heavy rains, the ground was soaked, and the bunch grass, serving as breakfast for the pack mules, was being pulled out of the ground, exposing the roots. And on those roots, Thompson noticed were flecks of gold. He and his men decided to stay. Unbeknownst to Thompson, he had just spent the night on what would soon become known as “the richest square mile on earth.” As well, his accidental discovery set in motion the creation of a new town. Most of the pictures today are from the famous Miner Street. It is full of historic building and shops.
The city also has over 75 houses that were built before the turn of the century, we drove through as many as we could find on the Historic Homes Tour. Local architecture features everything from Queen Anne to Art Deco and Gothic Revival to Neo-Classic Rowhouse. We are so glad we decided to spend a week here, there is so much more to see. I hope you enjoy the tour of the city and all the historic homes built in the 1800s and early 1900s as much as we did. Check back later for more from Yreka.