Yreka Western Railroad (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Yreka Western Railroad (Images of Rail)

The city of Yreka was determined to have a railroad. When theSouthern Pacific Railroad decided in 1883 to bypass Yreka, thecitizens constructed their own railroad known as the Yreka RailroadCompany. This railroad managed to eke out a living over the nextfew decades. In the 1930s, the railroad was reincorporated as theYreka Western Railroad. By the mid-1930s, the railroad wentbankrupt and was forced into receivership, and a new manager wasput in charge. Through perseverance of the new manager, therailroad began to grow and prosper. By the late 1970s, the railroadonce again started to decline, but as in the past, it managed tohold on. In 1986, the railroad started an excursion train known asthe "Blue Goose," and steam locomotive No. 19 was added in 1989.Throughout all the hardships, the railroad still continues todayand has been given the nickname "the Little Railroad that Refusesto Die."Authors Matt Starman and Tim Stricker are both dedicatedvolunteers on the Yreka Western Railroad. Both have had afascination with railroads since an early age, with frequent tripsbeing taken on the Yreka Western's excursion train. This bookhouses over 200 photographs from the archives of the Yreka WesternRailroad as well as other public and private collections.