Old Historic Tower House District, French Gulch, Shasta County

Historically, this was known as a stop over for people heading east and west via the old 299 route.  An old neighbor once told my dad, that hat he used to stop for a bed, meal and shower, all for only $3.00.  The man used to run sheep from Cottonwood to Hayfork back in the early 1900’s.  I imagine that back then  it took days to travel that distance with sheep and no automobiles.

Also this was land of the Wintu native Americans.  It is a beautiful little valley where two creeks converge.  There are open pastures, and mountains on all sides, and lots of trees.

view of highway 299

 

This is the view (the photo to the right) as you are standing in front of the house.  Beyond the fence is highway 299 and also a creek, there are two creeks which converge on this historic location.  That is part of the attraction of this little park.  It also has picnic tables, a walking bridge or two, and you can continue hiking back to the historic mining areas.  

Walking bridge.

 

This photograph is of the walking bridge.  The views are spectacular in all directions here.
As you cross the  creek and head back towards where the direction of the old mines are, you can see a barn and another house is to the left of it.

 

 
old rock oven and stove
This is a beautiful little valley with two creeks, and mountains protecting the sides.  It’s no wonder the native Americans lived here.

 

Information about the toll bridge.

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