Shasta, California: Old Shasta Ruins, Ghost Prisoner

Remnants of a 19th century town include a small museum and a jail that some claim still holds an incarcerated spirit.

Shasta State Historic Park

Highway 299 West, Shasta, CA
Highway 299 West, 6 miles west of of Redding. Ruins on west side of the road, museum on the east.
Museum W-Su 10-5. Ruins open any time. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Old Shasta Ruins, Ghost Prisoner

Be sure to check out the entire museum where the jail ghost resides; it has a gallows out in back. Don't miss the general store -- fully stocked with all the period merchandise an foodstuffs that would be sold during the period. The detail is incredible; like a walk back in time. Knowledgeable volunteers explains items you may be curious about.

[Chris, 07/19/2010]

Ruins of old Shasta.

Old Shasta Ruins, Ghost Prisoner

There are brick ruins of the old town of Shasta on Highway 299 West between Redding and Whiskeytown Lake. The site features an 1800s bakery, blacksmith, Mason's Lodge, and a courthouse museum.

In the belly of the Courthouse Museum is the old jail, and in one of the cells the "ghost" of a prisoner wakes up and tells you about the criminals that were tried (and hanged) at the jail.

There are also short hiking trails around the site that lead to 1800s cemeteries. In the spring there are native poppies growing all over the place.

[Mary Hanson, 07/28/2009]

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