Anderson Historical Society and Museum

Anderson Historical Society and Museum Located in Anderson, California; The museum features artifacts, photographs, maps, books, pioneer histories, and the Stabler Civil War gun collection.

04/06/2019
New Gas Heater in the Columbia One Room  School House
04/05/2019

New Gas Heater in the Columbia One Room School House

Barbara Joyce Ulberg sent me this Belt Buckle her father had in 1945 in the Philippines during WWI to be included in our...
03/29/2019

Barbara Joyce Ulberg sent me this Belt Buckle her father had in 1945 in the Philippines during WWI to be included in our WWII display.. He was a Navy Corpsman working at the Naval Station Sangley Point Communication and Hospital Facility located in the northern part of CAVITE CITY.

Volunteer activities
01/27/2019

Volunteer activities

Anderson Historical Society and Museum
08/28/2018

Anderson Historical Society and Museum

On the east side of Cow Creek a mile or so upstream of Hawes Ranch.

05/26/2018

Anderson Museum is participating in an Ice Cream Social June 9th at the Anderson City Hall, Howard and Silver Streets, Anderson 12 p.m.-4 p.m. There will also be creative crafts and plants for sale. Other participants are Anderson Garden Club, Cottonwood Garden Club, Anderson Women's Club, Hello Dolly Club. Join us for a fun time and support our Community.

1900-1970 marble display donated by Millie Moravec a few weeks ago, well worth reminiscing over.
04/28/2018

1900-1970 marble display donated by Millie Moravec a few weeks ago, well worth reminiscing over.

Sacred Heart ParishEstablished 1949Shasta County, Shasta DeaneryWant to find out more about this and other historic buil...
03/04/2018

Sacred Heart Parish
Established 1949
Shasta County, Shasta Deanery

Want to find out more about this and other historic buildings in the Anderson area? Come see us at the AHSM Tues., Thurs, and the first Saturday of each month 11 am - 3 pm. We would love to chat about our colorful local history!

Anderson Historical Society:
2330 Ferry St.
Anderson, CA 96007

Sacred Heart Parish:
3141 St. Stephen’s Dr.
Anderson, California 96007

This article is a fun read. The historical timeline of documents is intriguing.  Take a look:
08/07/2017
History & Happenings - SHASTA COUNTY - Anderson

This article is a fun read. The historical timeline of documents is intriguing. Take a look:

Anderson was established as a railroad station town in 1872. Named for Elias Anderson of American ...

Have you visited this site?  Do you wonder what is buried here? Do you know the significance of this site? We assure you...
07/23/2017

Have you visited this site?
Do you wonder what is buried here?
Do you know the significance of this site?
We assure you, you would be intrigued.

Happy Valley. Looking down Palm Avenue, just west of Olive street, note one dead palm tree under the power lines on the ...
07/10/2017

Happy Valley. Looking down Palm Avenue, just west of Olive street, note one dead palm tree under the power lines on the right, six live Palm trees on the left. Palms were planted along both sides of the road before power lines went in. Over the years the Palms got taller and tree trimming crews killed all the palms under the lines. Further toward Oak Street the power lines cross back over to the left side of the road and again, no palms under the lines, 5 palms alive on the right.

Declaration Adoption Fun Fact:The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was in...
07/03/2017
Anderson Historical Society

Declaration Adoption Fun Fact:

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, but then it was revised and the final version was adopted two days later. Happy 4th!

Anderson California History

The Gillespie headstone post generated interest in returning a headstone Lisa Yrigollen  found buried in a garden in Hap...
06/26/2017

The Gillespie headstone post generated interest in returning a headstone Lisa Yrigollen found buried in a garden in Happy Valley for a 1 year old named Albert Cleveland Richardson. Our esteemed member Ron Jolliff of Redding quickly identified it as belonging in the Parkville Cemetery where Alberts grandfather, Aunt and Uncle are also buried. The stone will be cleaned and replaced soon along with a more detailed story. With growing interest in geneology who knows what family members might wish to visit their ancestors. We welcome others to discover proper locations of headstones they may find.

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County - By Ron JolliffShasta County from its earliest days had a c...
06/24/2017
Anderson Historical Society - Blog

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County
- By Ron Jolliff

Shasta County from its earliest days had a connection to Hawaii in one form or another. Eight Hawaiians, including two wives, were given permission from King Kamehameha III to join John Sutter in his colonizing effort of the Sacramento River Valley.

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A place to learn about Anderson, California and Shasta County history

Anderson Historical Society and Museum is Anderson, California's source of local history.  Interesting and rare display ...
06/19/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Anderson Historical Society and Museum is Anderson, California's source of local history. Interesting and rare display items, historical relics, and great research documents. Sort through old photos, see our drought tolerant garden, or sit and chat with local historians. There is a plethora of knowledge gathered in one unique destination. We hope to see you here!

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

GILLESPIE is the name on this quarried stone.  It was anonymously donated to AHS, and member Ron Jolliff did the researc...
06/17/2017

GILLESPIE is the name on this quarried stone. It was anonymously donated to AHS, and member Ron Jolliff did the research to discover it is from a Redding Cemetery, and will be repatriated soon. More details should be in a story in the Redding Record Searchlight this weekend.

The Clough Lime Kiln by: Ron JolliffIf you have ever wondered what the structure across from the salmon viewing area on ...
05/30/2017
​Clough Lime Kiln -- By: Ron Jolliff

The Clough Lime Kiln
by: Ron Jolliff

If you have ever wondered what the structure across from the salmon viewing area on Clear Creek had been, Ron Jolliff's research tells the story of the Clough Lime Kiln. Scroll through the photos below, and click the link to read about the history of this domed lime kiln.

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We would like to invite you to read some new posts in our blog.  There is a ton of great Shasta County information.  We ...
05/17/2017
Blog

We would like to invite you to read some new posts in our blog. There is a ton of great Shasta County information.

We hope to see you at the museum!

Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Why did Theodore leave Germany? Why was he poor? Who helped him in Anderson? If any of the readers have any information ...
05/10/2017
Theodore Von Moltke By: Ron Jolliff

Why did Theodore leave Germany? Why was he poor? Who helped him in Anderson? If any of the readers have any information that will help us close this story please send an email.

The following article was published in the San Jose Mercury Newspaper on May 16, 1915: ANDERSON, May 15 – Theodore von Moltke, first cousin of Count von Moltke, German general at the beginning of...

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta CountyBy: Ron Jolliff'While the Hawaiian connection was active in A...
04/26/2017
The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County

The Hawaiian Connection in the Development of Shasta County
By: Ron Jolliff

'While the Hawaiian connection was active in Anderson they interested others in developing the community and they were active in the infrastructure to make the town and their investments a success.'

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​By: Ron Jolliff

A very special thank you to Ron Jolliff for your help on our newsletter!  Your research for Anderson, Ca has been an eye...
04/26/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

A very special thank you to Ron Jolliff for your help on our newsletter! Your research for Anderson, Ca has been an eye opener. We will soon have his writings/research on our website blog:

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

In 1848, shortly after the discovery of gold at Coloma, Major Pierson B. Reading found gold west of his Rancho on Clear ...
04/05/2017

In 1848, shortly after the discovery of gold at Coloma, Major Pierson B. Reading found gold west of his Rancho on Clear Creek. With native labor, he took out gold by the bucketful. These Clear Creek diggings attracted miners by the hundreds; merchants and settlers soon followed.

Photo: ECV

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon...
03/23/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the railroad company free right-of-way through his American Ranch. The railroad depot, with town lots around it, was located in the half-mile between the ranches of Elias Anderson and Elmus Nicholas.

Want to learn more history about our area?!
Click the link, or better yet, come in to see us.

Everyday is a #TBT at the museum!

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

Learn some interesting facts about Anderson, California!!Visit us at the museum at 2330 Ferry St.Hope to see you here!
03/07/2017
The History of Anderson, California Pt. I

Learn some interesting facts about Anderson, California!!

Visit us at the museum at 2330 Ferry St.
Hope to see you here!

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the...

The Anderson Historical Society and Museum has a great staff that can help you to find historic photos, search through r...
03/06/2017
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

The Anderson Historical Society and Museum has a great staff that can help you to find historic photos, search through records and documents, and has a great collection of yearbooks. We have rotating displays of relics and historic items. We are open Tues., and Thurs., and the first Sat. of each month. 11 am - 3 pm, but you can call and make an appointment for off hour research.

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501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

The first gold discovery site in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 on a bar on Clear Creek. By the ne...
02/15/2017

The first gold discovery site in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 on a bar on Clear Creek. By the next year, the rush was in full swing in Shasta County. The area around the discovery site filled with miners trying to find gold and strike it rich. This marker is alongside Clear Creek Road near the discovery site.

02/11/2017

We have all West Valley and Anderson High School yearbooks, most Cottonwood and Anderson Elementary school yearbooks since the 60's, call the museum and leave a message 365-7045 for an appointment to see if our regular hours don't work for you.

Harrison Gulch miners posed at the Midas Gold Hill hoist.(about 1898)
01/28/2017

Harrison Gulch miners posed at the Midas Gold Hill hoist.
(about 1898)

The first known gold discovery in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 at Clear Creek.  The area was soo...
01/23/2017

The first known gold discovery in Shasta County was made by Pierson B. Reading in 1848 at Clear Creek. The area was soon settled, and One Horse Town (Horsetown) was formed.

Pictured:
Frank Moravec & friend mining for gold at Spring Gulch in Happy Valley made from $5.00 to $7.00 per day when they 'hit a pay streak' (CA 1935)

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 120Placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperat...
01/09/2017

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 120

Placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Shasta Historical Society, Hollis Moss Historical Fund, and the Trinitarianus Chapter #62, E. Clampus Vitus, May 15, 1999

Reading:
Here in 1850 “Doc” Baker established a stopping place for emigrants on the Lassen and Noble Trails. George and Anna Maria Dersch took up a homestead on the land in 1861. A history of troubled relations between Indians and settlers led to an Indian raid on the ranch in 1866 in which Mrs. Dersch was killed. A posse was formed and killed most of the Indians at their Dye Creek Camp.

Photo: Bill Beaver -- #Anderson #California #History

Balls Ferry In 1868 William Ball purchased a ferry and began carrying people, wagons, freight, and livestock across the ...
01/03/2017

Balls Ferry

In 1868 William Ball purchased a ferry and began carrying people, wagons, freight, and livestock across the Sacramento River. The settlement began to expand around the settlement site, also called Balls Ferry. Ball continued to operate the ferry until 1897 when the county built a steel bridge next to the ferry site putting William out of business.

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Photo: Shasta County Public Works

Meadow Lane Shopping Center - Anderson, CaliforniaThis fantastic photo was taken in the late 1950's to early 60's.  A 19...
12/29/2016

Meadow Lane Shopping Center - Anderson, California

This fantastic photo was taken in the late 1950's to early 60's. A 1957 Dodge Coronet sits in the forefront. What other 50's autos in this photo do you recognize?

#Anderson #California -- Photo Eastman's Studio Photography
Publisher Number: S-41283 - Enhancement: ForwardLook

12/24/2016
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A big THANKS to Emmet Koerperich, Principal of West Valley High School for donating 2005-2016 West Valley High School Year Books to the Museum. We now have for public viewing every yearbook for Anderson and West Valley high schools as well as many elementary school year books. Call 365-7095 for an appointment if you can't come in regular hours 11am-3pm everyTuesday and Wednesdays nd the first Saturday of the month. We reopen in January.

The Reading Family and the Rancho Buena VenturaPierson B. Reading, Shasta County's first and foremost pioneer, was an Ea...
12/14/2016
The Reading Family and the Rancho Buena Ventura

The Reading Family and the Rancho Buena Ventura

Pierson B. Reading, Shasta County's first and foremost pioneer, was an Easterner who came to California in 1843. He received a Mexican land grant and named it the Rancho Buena Ventura...He was able to settle on the land in 1846 after participation in the Bear Flag Rebellion and the Mexican war (and was hence-forth addressed by the title of Major Reading).

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Learn more about Major Reading, and the Rancho Buena Ventura:

Pierson B. Reading, Shasta County's first and foremost pioneer, was an Easterner who came to California in 1843. He received a Mexican land grant and named it the Rancho Buena Ventura. Its 26,632...

The Parkville Pioneer Cemetery, located eight miles east of Anderson, California, is said to be the most haunted cemeter...
12/05/2016
Parkville Cemetery

The Parkville Pioneer Cemetery, located eight miles east of Anderson, California, is said to be the most haunted cemetery in Shasta County, and holds the graves of early Shasta County pioneers including the Darrahs of Darrah Springs State Fish Hatchery, the Thatchers of Thatcher Lumber, and the Derschs.

Nero Harrington (John Klotz's father), and Climena Grace Harrington Klotz brother-in-law, Ezekial Thatcher, donated land to create a cemetery for her burial place after she died of complications of birth, establishing the Parkville Cemetery.

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Photo: Record Searchlight | Redding.com

Parkville Cemetery is located 8 miles East of Anderson California and 18 miles South East of Redding California. Form Redding head East approximately 10 miles on 44 to Millville Plains Road. Head south on Millville Road to Dersch. GO left on Dersch less than a mile and then turn right on Parkville R...

Help keep history alive in Anderson, California!In 1998, the society moved into a home of its own at 2330 Ferry Street, ...
11/26/2016
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Help keep history alive in Anderson, California!

In 1998, the society moved into a home of its own at 2330 Ferry Street, Anderson. The Museum features artifacts, photographs, maps, books, pioneer histories, and the Stabler Civil War gun collection. We also feature an old fashioned, award winning, drought tolerant garden that is maintained by the Anderson Garden Club.

The Museum is now the proud home of Anderson's Old Historic Columbia School House, which was recently restored.

The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers. We need your help to continue to share our little town's history!

#Anderson #California #History -- Tax Deductible --
Click the link below to donate, and help us to keep history alive:

501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon...
11/22/2016
The History of Anderson, California Pt. I

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the railroad company free right-of-way through his American Ranch. The railroad depot, with town lots around it, was located in the half-mile between the ranches of Elias Anderson and Elmus Nicholas.

The entire area was part of pioneer Pierson B. Reading's Mexican land grant of 1844, the 26,632 acre Rancho Buena Ventura. Reading's grant extended along the west bank of the Sacramento River from Cottonwood Creek on the south to Salt Creek beyond what is now the city of Redding.

Source:
"Anderson, 1872-1972 A Centennial History" by Edward Petersen
#Anderson #California #History

The town of Anderson was created in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad as it built northward from Sacramento to Oregon. It was named for pioneer settler Elias Anderson, who granted the...

In the 1850s the California - Oregon Road was the main means of travel for gold miners and pioneers alike.  Eventually t...
11/07/2016
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

In the 1850s the California - Oregon Road was the main means of travel for gold miners and pioneers alike. Eventually this road became known as the Pacific Highway, Highway 99, and today Highway 273. There is a historical plaque marker on Hwy. 273 and Spring Gulch Road as a point of historical interest. Placed by the Native Sons of the Golden West.

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501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

Anderson, CA. "A Banner Town""Before the morning sun had time to climb the mountains, we were awakened by the patriotic ...
10/31/2016
Anderson, CA. "A Banner Town"

Anderson, CA. "A Banner Town"

"Before the morning sun had time to climb the mountains, we were awakened by the patriotic youth of the town ushering in the natal day of independence by firing off cannon-crackers under our windows."

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This is an excerpt from Anderson, 1872-1972 A Centennial History by Edward Petersen: Anderson was described as the "banner town of the county" on July 4, 1882, as it hosted the neighboring...

Genealogy research, Records, Documents, and YearbooksGet help with your research, or peruse through historical records a...
10/24/2016
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Genealogy research, Records, Documents, and Yearbooks

Get help with your research, or peruse through historical records and photos yourself. We encourage you to come bring history to life at our quaint museum! 530.365.7045

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501(c)3 EIN #68-0042264

Read about Phoebe Colburn, a hard working, shrewd business woman who over came a great deal of adversity to become a hom...
10/19/2016
Phoebe Colburn

Read about Phoebe Colburn, a hard working, shrewd business woman who over came a great deal of adversity to become a home owner, land owner, and helped many on their path. Click the link below to read more!

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This remarkable woman was a former slave from Mobile, Alabama. She was a shrewd business woman, though illiterate, and relied on William Magee (Who also came from Alabama) to look after her...

Rainy Days Got You Down?Looking for something to do indoors?  Anderson Historical Society runs a fun museum, with knowle...
10/17/2016
AHSM - Blog

Rainy Days Got You Down?

Looking for something to do indoors? Anderson Historical Society runs a fun museum, with knowledgeable docents, and great displays! Come in Tuesday or Thursday to see what's new in the museum. Open the first Saturday of the month, or call us and set up a time!

Click the link, and find some great Anderson history:

Anderson Historical Society & Museum
2330 Ferry St. Anderson, CA 96007

Want to learn some local history? Find where gold was found and mined?  Want to find a family member who went to school ...
10/05/2016
Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Want to learn some local history? Find where gold was found and mined? Want to find a family member who went to school here?

There are some great docents here and we can help!
#AHSM #Anderson #California -- Special hours/days available!

Find some great information, learn about your area. Relax in our garden, take a tour of the Columbia Schoolhouse. We look forward to seeing you here!

Address

2330 Ferry St
Anderson, CA
96007

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(530) 365-7045

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