5 miles west of Redding, highway 299 goes through the ruins of downtown Shasta. Shasta boomed in the 1850s after gold was discovered nearby. Shasta declined after the 1880s and was essentially abandoned by the 1950s. Since the 1950s Redding has grown outwards and there are now occupied homes all around the ruins of downtown Shasta. Most of the ruins of Shasta are now owned by the state of California and managed as the Shasta State Historic Park. The park includes a small museum and a "general store". Roadside parking is available. There is no entrance fee. High impact, modern interpretive signs are obnoxiously placed throughout the site and there is a constant flow of traffic through the site on highway 299. It's not a great place for photography or exploring but it's close to Redding and I-5 and worth looking at if you're in the area.
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