History lesson part 1 - Rise
In sum, Shasta occupied a strategic location in 1850s California. Reading Springs was located 5 miles from where Pierson B. Reading discovered gold. By 1849, gold in the nearby streams ran out. Miners moved to sites in Siskiyou and Trinity Mountains. But because of the region’s rugged terrain, Shasta was as far west as stagecoaches and freight wagons could travel. It became the starting point for the pack trains that supplied the miners. Swiftly, the community of tents and temporary structures grew into a town with bakeries, saloons, a grocery, a brewery, and a bookstore.