Monday, January 16, 2012

The Vinegar Valley Express

The Vinegar Valley Express was a rail car built by the McCloud River Lumber Company. It was built to move 150 Lumberjacks from the small towns of Pondosa and Kinyon to the work sites. Pondosa and Kinyon are located about fifteen miles from the McCloud Mercantile.

They say it wasn't a pleasant ride after working all day. One hundred and fifty smelly workers with a smelly 4 cylinder engine.

The rail car was eventually abandoned as you can see it in the middle of this photo of the camp town of Kinyon. This is where the car can still be found although the elements and time haven't' treated the old car to well and there isn't much left of Kinyon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ice Skating Mount Shasta

Castle Lake is located in Siskiyou County about 20 miles from the McCloud Mercantile. Castle Lake freezes over in the winter and usually gets covered in snow. December 2011 was one of the driest in many years so there is no snow on Castle Lake making for some great ice skating.  Ice fishing is always a great time for those a little less adventures.