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Located approximately 50 miles north of Mount Shasta and 22 miles south of the Oregon border, this small town is positioned halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.


Siskiyou County Museum  910 S. Main St.  This small museum emphasizes local artifacts and history.  Of special interest is the occasional exhibit featuring a local pioneer family, one of which was the Terwilligers.  A 2-acre Outdoor Museum is located adjacent.  Among its original and replica historic buildings are a schoolhouse, a Catholic church, a blacksmith shop, a miner's cabin, and an operating general store. 

The Yreka Historic District  Along Miner St.  More than 75 19th-century homes are seen here, with most situated on the four blocks of Third Street located between Lennox and Miner.  The Chamber of Commerce provides a descriptive tour brochure.


Black Bear Diner  1795 S Main St.,  (530) 842-9324.

Grandma’s House  123 E. Center St., (530) 842-5300.  Cozy and welcoming, with Tiffany-style lamps and floral wallpaper, Grandma’s House has been family-run since 1977 and is just like, well, Grandma’s house.  The breakfast menu offers goodies such as buttermilk hot cakes with housemade boysenberry syrup and is served until 1 p.m.  The lunch menu, which is a large selection of sandwiches and a salad bar, is available through dinner, when housemade biscuits, fried chicken, grilled pork chops and also more substantial items become options.  Do save room for a slice of housemade pie.  A cookbook featuring simple recipes used in the restaurant makes a great souvenir.   

Yreka Chamber of Commerce
Siskiyou Visitors Bureau

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