Fort Reading!

Fort Reading
Is there a plaque?  YES! 🙂

What is it? A plaque by the side of the road!
What makes it historical? The guide says: Fort Reading, established on May 26, 1852 by Second Lieutenant E. N. Davis, Co. E, 2nd Infantry on the orders of Lieutenant Colonel George M. Wright, was the first and largest fort in Northern California. It was named in honor of Pierson Barton Reading and stood in a clearing of 10 acres. The fort was abandoned in June 1867.

Other tidbits: The reason this fort, which protected the mining district from Native American attacks, was named after Major Reading is because he was the paymaster of the California Volunteers during the Mexican-American War! It was a swampy site, frequently flooded and poorly positioned, which led to its abandonment after five years!


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  • You can be a responsible visitor! That means respecting the signs and pathways and treating all structures and artifacts with respect! After all, they’ve endured a lot already to make it into the present! They’ll need our help to make it to the future!
How do I find it? Listed Directions:
0.6 mi E of intersection of Deschutes and Dersch Rds
6 mi NE of Anderson, CA 96007

This teeny, tiny plaque is on the north side of Dersch Road between Valor Drive and Haas Road!

From Los Angeles: ~537mi (865km) — 9hrs
From Sacramento: ~154mi (248km) — 2.6hrs
From San Diego: ~656mi (1056km) — 11hrs
From San Francisco: ~208mi (335km) — 3.5hrs

When should I go? Whenever the mood strikes you!

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