Southern’s Stage Station!

Southern's Stage Station
Is there a plaque?  YES! 🙂

What is it? A square plaque on someone’s front lawn!
What makes it historical? The guide says: This is the site of the famous Southern Hotel and Stage Station built by Simeon Fisher Southern. The original building, a log cabin, was built in 1859. During a half-century many noted people who made early California history were entertained in this hotel.

Other tidbits: Among the notable folks who stayed here were President and Mrs. Hayes, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Gould, General Sheridan, and first San Franciscan sheriff, Jack Hays! Mr. Southern also had 100 acres of land around his hotel, where he raised hay, fruits, vegetables, and livestock!


  • You can volunteer with the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can donate to the Shasta Historical Society!
  • 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:
On old Hwy 99
0.7 mi SW of Sims exit
6.9 mi S of Castella, CA 96017

Just to clarify, that’s 0.7 miles south of Sims Road on Mears Ridge Road, which turns into Shotgun Road!

From Los Angeles: ~584mi (940km) — 9.8hrs
From Sacramento: ~199mi (321km) — 3.4hrs
From San Diego: ~704mi (1133km) — 11.8hrs
From San Francisco: ~256mi (412km) — 4.3hrs

When should I go? Whenever the mood strikes you!

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