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About YrekaYreka (pronounced Why-REEK-uh), 22 miles south of the Oregon border, was incorporated in 1857, 6 years after Abraham Thompson discovered gold flecks on the roots of the grass his mules were eating. Miners soon swarmed into this lush valley, which had long been home to the Karuk and Shasta Indians. The boom fizzled out about 1885, after more than $60 million worth of valuable ore had been extracted from the earth. I-5 is a scenic route to and through Yreka.

The historic downtown district—including the appropriately named main thoroughfare, Miner Street—contains a number of beautifully restored, late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings housing shops and restaurants. Information markers throughout the district describe the original purpose of many of the structures. Such residential areas as Third Street are rich with Gothic Revival and Victorian houses that date back to the 1800s.

The headquarters office of Klamath National Forest, 1711 S. Main St., has information about recreational activities, which include hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and biking; phone (530) 842-6131. See Recreation Areas Chart.

Visitor Centers Yreka Chamber of Commerce 310 S. Broadway St. Yreka, CA 96097. Phone:(530)842-1649

Self-guiding ToursStop by the chamber of commerce office for walking and driving tour maps of the historic district and historic homes area.

Things to Do Greenhorn Park

Liberty Arts Gallery

Siskiyou County Courthouse

Siskiyou County Museum

Recreational Activities

White-water Rafting Orange Torpedo Trips

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Yreka, CA

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