Dunsmuir California, Historic Railroad Town
Visiting Dunsmuir California is a delightful trip through a rich and colorful history. One of the few towns in California to preserve the authentic and historic charm and scale, the entire downtown of Dunsmuir has been designated as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction of a rail yard and turntable began in the 1880's and the town, originally named Pusher, sprung up quickly around it. During the early 1900s Dunsmuir was actually the largest California town north of Sacramento and a popular tourist destination. Our historic railroad town looks much as it did 100 years ago now home to antique shops and popular restaurants housed in buildings of the era lining the picturesque main street. The painted signage is remarkable. The California Theater, located next door to the Cornerstone Café is currently under renovation. The theater is unique in that after fifty years without an organ, they were able to acquire and re-install their original Wurlitzer instrument.
Hiking Fishing and Sight Seeing
The Siskiyou mountain range offers stunning beauty and breathtaking adventures. There are several water falls nearby. Hedge Creek Falls are a short walk off I-5 and worth taking a break to stretch your legs while traveling through. Mossbrae Falls is a hidden gem treasured by our locals, and McCloud falls, Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake, and McCloud Resivour are only short car rides away. Ask your server for directions and recommendations.
In the Winter months Mt Shasta Ski Park is about 20 miles from Dunsmuir on HWY 89.
The Sacramento River runs through Dunsmuir one block away from Downtown and is known for its beautiful views and fantastic fly fishing. Ted fay Fly shop, a local institution, is located across the way from us and would be happy to point you to their recommended fishing spots along the Sacramento River.
Fly Fishing Pictures Courtesy of Rick Cox of Wild Water Fly Fishing