March 21 2015 at 01:30 PM
March 28 2015 at 01:00 PM
Time: 1pm- 2:30pm
If you know Redding you likely know of the beautiful historical homes just west of Downtown. Many have been restored and have great stories behind their construction and owners. Walk participants will also be given a special tour of the Behrens-Eaton historical home, led by that museum’s docents.
March 28 2015 at 05:00 PM
Redding Cemetery—This is the oldest existing cemetery in the town of Redding. A walk through this cemetery, with a little back-ground knowledge, helps the history buff piece together the fascinating old times of our region. There are people buried here that were instrumental in every phase of Shasta County’s development: transportation and distribution of supplies; mining; logging and milling; farming and ranching; construction of Shasta Dam; and government.
In addition to being a “history book” of the local area, the Redding Cemetery displays examples of the social inequities that historically existed, including specific areas designated for minorities and indigents. We will also discuss the history of modern cemetery design and headstone symbolism.
March 29 2015 at 04:00 PM
When early settlers, the Diestelhorst family, bought their land along the Sacramento River, farming was on their mind. The closest town, Shasta, was the commercial outlet for their output. With the coming of the railroad in
1872 and a series of later events, this area’s role gradually changed.
This tour visits sites along both northern and southern banks of the Sacramento River with a stroll across the recently restored Diestelhorst footbridge. Topics of discussion include: the earliest residents, the Indians; early entrepreneurs; and the real reason for why Diestelhorst Bridge was constructed. This is an excellent place to discuss and observe the many changes that have occurred in the Redding area during the past 100-years, including the way that water is managed in the Sacramento River and how the river’s recreational opportunities have changed with time. Come to the walk and enjoy the Diestelhorst Bridge and maybe we can decide on additional ways to celebrate the bridge and the historical tidbits that still cling to its sides!
April 18 2015 at 01:30 PM
April 25 2015 at 04:00 PM
Commercial Downtown Redding—Different people have different opinions about the “Old Mall”. Some people remember the “old Redding” prior to the Mall and the historical buildings that were destroyed to make way for the new shopping center. Others remember comfortably shopping in the air conditioning afforded by the Mall. Newcomers probably have few thoughts as they walk along the promenade. Regardless, of one’s opinion regarding the Old Mall, Redding’s original commercial district was located exactly there.
This tour makes a loop around and through the Old Mall and discusses the important businesses and business people that established their operations here. There are many success stories and controversies and tales of both social progress and mayhem that took place within these few square blocks. “Where was the Christmas tree placed each year?”; “Which buildings (or parts of buildings) survived the construction of the Mall and still exist?” Come to a tour and learn the answers to these questions and more!
April 26 2015 at 04:00 PM
Turtle Bay—People come from around the world to visit Turtle Bay and to enjoy the footbridge, the museums, and the beautiful Sacramento River. However, this tour covers “the rest of the story”! Turtle Bay has been home to people for thousands of years. It was a great place to catch salmon and collect acorns and consequently housed a major Indian village. Later on a sawmill was built here, and later still this site contributed the gravel critical for building Shasta Dam. Evidence of each of these events still exists, if you know where to look!
Some of the interesting questions posed during the walk include: “Why is Turtle Bay one of the most ‘valuable’ piece of land in all of California?”; “What connection does Turtle Bay have with Ishi, the last ‘wild’ Indian in CA?”; and “Why did one of the richest of CA’s businessmen own Turtle Bay, sell it, then try to buy it again only a few years later?”
May 09 2015 at 01:30 PM