Commemorate the Diestelhorst Family, Reid’s Ferry, Today

Three area organizations will unveil and dedicate twin bronze 18-by-24 inch markers during a presentation today, October 8, at 11 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Redding, Shasta Historical Society and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus have collaborated to commemorate the entrepreneurial excellence and longevity of the pioneer Diestelhorst Family.

Also, the Sacramento River crossing once known as Reid’s Ferry will be permanently identified. This ceremony will occur at the South Diestelhorst Trailhead to the South Sacramento River Trail, south approach to the Court Street Bridge.

Weaverville’s Herk Shriner, historian of Chapter #62 E. C. V. , give brief remarks, as will Dave Scott, a Diestelhorst descendant and President of Shasta Historical Society.

A Trinity County granite monolith bearing the bronze plates will be the first of five additional signs telling people the important history of this area. City of Redding, Turtle Bay, CalTrans and Rotary Club of Redding are completing the historical and educational presentation in this area as the Diestelhorst Bridge receives important restoration in coming months. The remaining signs will tell how this location is part of SR 44 Bridge replacement and the city’s popular trail system. Additionally, the Diestelhorst Auto Camp and its water well have been rediscovered and make a worthwhile educational opportunity concerning area tourist commerce and water development, including nearby city infrastructure. This story, including community volunteerism which helped make it possible, will be told on coming additional signs.

The public is most welcome to attend the ceremony and witness the former Redding Fire Department 1924 Stutz fire engine, one of two built that year in Indiana. This historic machine is now maintained by E. C. V. and it will be present for the dedication. Also, E. C. V. is providing a barbecue lunch following the ceremony.

-from press release
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Randall R. Smith
Randy Smith is a retired physician, morphed into a full-time professional volunteer. He is a former member of the Redding Planning Commission and Cal-Tip Advisory Board. He is an active member and the founder of the Allied Stream Team of Rotary Club of Redding. He lives in Redding with his wife, Judy.
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