Yreka Western Railroad

Detailed book on the history of the Yreka Western Railroad by Tim Stricker and Matt Starman, printed by Arcadia Publishing Company.

The city of Yreka was determined to have a railroad. When the Southern Pacific Railroad decided in 1883 to bypass Yreka, the citizens constructed their own railroad known as the Yreka Railroad Company. By the mid 1930s, the Railroad went bankrupt and was forced into receivership, and a new manager was put in charge. Through perseverance of the new manager, the railroad began to grow and prosper. By the late 1970s, the railroad once again started to decline, but as in the past, it managed to hold on. In 1986, the railroad started an excursion train known as the "Blue Goose," and steam locomotive No. 19 was added in 1989. The railroad has been given the nickname "the little railroad that refuses to die."

This book houses over 200 photographs from the archives of the Yreka Western Railroad as well as other public and private collections. Paperback 128 pages, ISBN-13 978-0-7385-7430-1


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