Shasta State Historic Park15312 CA-299, Redding
In the 1850s, Old Shasta was the queen city of California’s northern mining district. The town supported hotels, stores, and saloons in the largest row of brick buildings north of San Francisco. But when the Gold Rush on the north state’s rivers lost its gleam and the railroad was re-routed through the town of Poverty Flats (now Redding), Old Shasta’s residents departed for more promising regions, and the town faded into the history books. Tour the city’s crumbling remains at Shasta State Historic Park on Highway 299 west of Redding. Don’t miss the beautifully restored 1861 County Courthouse and its jail cells and gallows. The building is now a museum that showcases an Old West gun collection and mining memorabilia, and tells the tales of the town’s fascinating history.