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Native American Heritage Park
North Miner St. adjacent to the Yreka Fire Department. Many Native American tribes made their homes in Siskiyou County. In honor of their traditions, the Native American Heritage Park was created in 1995. It includes a full replica of a traditional sweat house complete with stone benches. A sculpture of a family is the centerpiece of the park, which includes interpretive walks through garden areas.
Northeast of Yreka on Hwy 3. During the Gold Rush Yreka had a substantial Chinese population which was entirely gone by the 1940's. Construction of Interstate 5 in the 1970's led to the final destruction of the old Chinatown, with the exception of the small Chinese cemetery. A single marker remains, inscribed in Chinese characters, which says, "The Graveyard of Our Past Friends. Erected in the mid-summer of the 26th year of Emperor Kwong-Shui."
Greenhorn Rd. south of Yreka. Yreka's largest city park is named for an English gentlemen other miners called the Greenhorn for his apparent lack of mining skills. He traveled up the valley, which now is the location of the park, and came back some months later with enough sacks of gold to make him a rich man. The park includes a reservoir offering excellent fishing and small boating, and a small reconstructed mining town with several different types of mining operations on display.
Yreka has a strong community commitment to the arts. Local Fine Art is on display at Liberty Arts Yreka with shows changing monthly providing you with something new to see from one visit to the next. World class as well as remarkable local theater and musical performances are presented at the Yreka Community Theater and the Siskiyou Performing Arts Center. Check with the Chamber of Commerce for performance schedules while you are in town.
The largest gold display south of Alaska may be viewed at the Siskiyou County Courthouse daily from 8am to 5pm.
The Historic District
The Walking Tour begins on Miner St. Just west of the Central Yreka Interstate 5 exit is Yreka's historic downtown area. Visit a number of interesting shops and restaurants housed in buildings dating back to the late 1800's. The tour includes more than 75 American Gothic and Victorian homes built between the late 1850's and the early 1900's. Most are private residences but a few, such as The Yreka 3rd Street Inn on 3rd St., are businesses open to the public. An excellent Walking Tour Map is available from the Yreka Chamber, 117 W. Miner St. Yreka CA 96097. 800-ON YREKA (n the corner of Miner St. and Broadway).
Siskiyou County Museum
This museum includes a large exhibit of Native American artifacts which presents the history of the Indians that live and lived in the area. It includes an interpretive display of household implements, jewelry, basketry, hunting and fishing tools, and techniques. The museum has exhibits concerning the history of the area at the time of the mountain man and provides a look into the Gold Rush and mining era. The museum also includes an impressive collection of historic photographs of the area. The museum is open Tues. - Sat. from 9am to 5pm. The outdoor area featuring a number of historic buildings is open Memorial Day through October. Siskiyou County Museum, 910 Main St., Yreka.
The Surrounding Area
If you are really interested in seeing one of the most beautiful areas in California, you can stay at one of the many Hotels, Motels and Lodges in Yreka and tour the area at your convience. Please check out the Siskiyou County Vistors Bureau to plan your day trips and capture the tranquility of Siskiyou County!