What is the Shasta Cascade Region?
The Shasta Cascade Region is comprised of 8 counties in far northeastern California.
California’s first suspension bridge, constructed in 1856, is at the south end of Lake Oroville in Bidwell Canyon Recreation Area.
Bidwell Park in Chico (3,618 acres/1,464 hec) is the third-largest municipal park in California and among the 25 largest city parks in the U.S.A.
When the Red River Lumber Company moved to Westwood, California in 1913, it brought its advertising character, Paul Bunyan, with it. And so, Westwood claims title as the legitimate home of Paul Bunyan. A gigantic statue of the folkloric woodsman is seen in Westwood. Paul Bunyan was created for the Red River Lumber Company in 1910 by journalist James MacGillivray.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is the only place on Earth where all four types of Volcano can be seen.
Goose Lake is so vast that in 1850, according to local folklore, a group of emigrants mistook it for the Pacific Ocean.
The Pit River is the largest river in northeastern California.
Beckwourth Pass, the lowest pass that crosses the Sierra Nevada, is named after legendary African-American mountain man, James Beckwourth, who discovered it in 1850, four years after the Donner Party’s unfortunate winter crossing.
The Keddie Wye on the Feather River is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Railroad World, among railfans for its scenic convergence of tracks, tunnels and trestles.
Sundial Bridge is the world’s largest sundial. It is also the most costly and inaccurate time piece on earth, as the $23 million Sundial Bridge tells time accurately on only one day of the year (June 21 - the summer solstice and longest day of the year) when the shadow cast by the bridge’s spire (gnomon) points due north, marking the first day of summer.
The Sacramento River, from Shasta Dam through the City of Redding is considered by fishing experts to be the world’s third best tail water (water coming from a dam).
Shasta Lake holds the title “houseboat capital of the world,” because it has the most houseboats on any single body of water.
Shasta Dam is the second largest dam in the United States. Daily tours of its interior are offered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The only Indian wars of consequence to occur in California occurred here. 57 Modoc warriors held off an army of 1,000 soldiers for six months and killed their commanding general, Major General Canby the Union hero of the Civil War battle of Glorietta Pass.
The largest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states winter at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges.
The gothic vaulted interior of an authentic 800-year-old monastery chapter house (meeting room) is being erected at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina. Scholars consider it to be the finest pure example of Cistercian gothic architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It was dismantled and brought to California by famed newspaperman, William Randolph Hearst. He had planned to reconstruct it as the vestibule to one of his grand homes.
Ishi, the last surviving Yahi Indian who is considered to be the last primitive Native American to have contacted western civilization, emerged from the wilderness near Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1911.
Bigfoot has been sighted so many times in Trinity County that a Bigfoot Museum exists in Willow Creek.
According to the late historian Jake Jackson, gold was first discovered in the Shasta Cascade prior to James Marshall’s famous 1848 discovery that set off the California Gold Rush.
President Theodore Roosevelt described Burney Falls as, “the eighth wonder of the world.”
"When I first caught sight of Mt. Shasta, over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, I was 50 miles/80 km away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since." - John Muir, 1874
"And well this Golden State shall thrive, if like its own Mount Shasta, sovereign law shall lift itself in pure atmosphere - so high." John Rollin Ridge, 1854