A drive along Klamathon Road and Copco Road, beside the Klamath River, to the Iron Gate Dam and Recreation Area. This is in the far-northern section of the state, only a few miles from Oregon.
For miner-49ers looking for gold in the northern part of California, Yreka was the gateway to the Klamath River Valley, and a gold field in its own right.
Today I’m driving out of Happy Camp on the Klamath River Highway, also known as highway 96. I’m heading east toward Yreka. This is a trip I’ve taken many times before, as I’ve lived in the Klamath National Forest for the last thirteen years.
This article about Dunsmuir Train Town was originally written in 2000 not long after we visited the area, and stayed there a month. I’ve added some recent videos to the end of this article.
Some people think Happy Camp is only a campground, but that is so wrong. It is a real small town in the Klamath River Valley, at the northern edge of California. Another twenty miles, and we’d be in Oregon.