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‘Get Outta Town’ to Ride the Rails

Rewind to Dunsmuir in the early 1920s. Population: 3,100. Over 1,000 were employed by the railroad. Dunsmuir dates its railroad history even further, to the late 1880s, when the Central Pacific Railroad (later, Union Pacific) built a roundhouse, turntable, depot, machine shops and rail yard on Dunsmuir’s waterfront – a strategic spot where the railroad added additional “pusher” locomotives to trains traveling north over the Siskiyou range. By the 1950s, there were 70 steam locomotives in daily operation in Dunsmuir.

This weekend, Dunsmuir celebrates its rich railroad history with “Railroad Days,” and the public is invited to tour vintage trains, feast on pancakes, listen to live music and take part in a whole host of other events. So, get outta town and spend a day on the river in Dunsmuir.

What: 2011 Dunsmuir Railroad Days
Where: Various Locations, Dunsmuir
When: Fri., June 10 to Sun., June 12
Cost: Free

Read more about Railroad Days at the Take-Out Window, and click here for Railroad Days’ Web site information and a schedule of events.

OK, this time I mean it. I think the rain is gone. So if trains aren’t your thing, “Get Outta Town” anyway. There’s plenty to do this weekend in 10 neighboring north state counties:

Click here for Butte County events.
Click here for Del Norte County events.
Click here for Glenn County events.
Click here for Humboldt County events.
Click here for Lassen County events.
Click here for Modoc County events.
Click here for Plumas County events.
Click here for Siskiyou County events.
Click here for Tehama County events.
Click here for Trinity County events.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State weekend events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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