Friction Zone Rides Redding Highway 299
Here's a nice story about an often overlooked area of far-Northern California. In Part 1 of Friction Zone's travel story on Redding, Amy Holland reports, "In the 1850s during the heyday of the California gold rush, the settlement of Poverty Flats on the Sacramento River was nothing more than a shantytown inhabited by those not pale-skinned enough to pass muster in the whites-only town of Shasta. Back then, Shasta, located six miles to the west, was known as the 'Queen City' of California's north and this town of 3,500 residents served as the commercial hub of area mining operations. Every day, its broad streets bustled with activity as mule teams and trains, sometimes up to a hundred a day, loaded up with men and supplies headed for the gold fields in the nearby Trinity and Siskiyou mountains, as well as in the Cascades further to the north…"