(Road Trips) McCloud is a small town in Siskiyou County, in Northern California, with a population of 1,000 according to the 2010 US Census. Once upon a time, there was a train. The other day, another enthusiast and I wandered around its snow-covered rail tracks, enjoying the remains of this eco-friendly and sustainable method of transportation.
Here is a little bit of history from the McCloud Chamber of Commerce:
“In 1892, A.F. Friday George built the first mill located in what is now McCloud, but it failed because of the difficulty of hauling the lumber over the hill by oxen. In 1897, the town of McCloud was finally established by George W. Scott and William VanArsdale, founders of the McCloud River Railroad Company. The railroad made it economically feasible to transport the lumber to more populated areas. The two men also purchased many of the small failed mills including the old Friday George mill and named it the McCloud River Lumber Company. Thus began the lumber company town of McCloud.”
McCloud offers a wide variety of activities each year. For more information, you may visit the McCloud Chamber of Commerce’s website at Visit McCloud California