Enjoy the Charm of Fourth Street


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Yreka’s Fourth Street, just steps from Miner Street, is worthy of a visit. St. Marks Preservation Square, home to Yreka Preservation, leads the parade of the quaint, nostalgic features that surround the Siskiyou County Courthouse Square.

A visit to Yreka Preservation (call in advance) can provide both large and individual tour groups an entertaining narrative to the history of this charming 1880 former church. This unique building was originally designed by a shipwright and features fascinating construction. St. Marks Preservation Square is situated across the street from the historic Siskiyou County Courthouse Square and a tour and narrative of the fascinating history of the Courthouse and happenings on that block can also be provided.

St. Marks Preservation Square
304 Lane Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 340-5587

The Siskiyou County Courthouse
311 4th Street
Yreka, CA 96097

The Siskiyou County Courthouse is one of the oldest in the state and has existed without any fire damage from the beginning to today. In 1871, Susan B. Anthony addressed a large audience right from the courthouse steps and gave a passionate speech. For a number of years, the Siskiyou County Courthouse held one of the biggest gold collections south of Alaska. Built over time by donations from miners and residents, the gold collection was used as an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco. In a modern gold heist tale, the window display which held gold was robbed one February night in 2012.

St. Joseph’s Church
314 Fourth Street
Yreka, CA 96097

The Catholic church in Siskiyou County most likely had its beginnings in Yreka in the summer of 1853. Father James Croke, working on the Oregon mission, was traveling on horseback through the section around Jacksonville, and tradition has it that he came down as far as Yreka to hold services for the miners. While St. Joseph’s Church was dedicated May 3, 1867, it would be just four years later on the Fourth of July, that fire broke out in a Chinese laundry on Miner Street, creating a raging, three-day fire; it engulfed and destroyed both the church and parish house. It took four years before arrangements for a new church edifice was complete. Construction of the present St. Joseph’s Church began in 1875. The cornerstone was laid in September, 1876. On Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass inaugurated services in the new church.

Butte Street Historic Homes
From 4th street, turn up Butte Street to view a number of historical Victorian homes. Find a complete map of Yreka’s historic homes on the inside cover.

Find the Pink Chickens in Yreka
Look for the pink chickens painted on the store front of Klander’s, a fun and kitchy delicatessen in Yreka, CA. Enjoy espresso, an amazing array of gourmet sandwiches and more. Locals swear by the egg salad sandwich, kids love the deli style candy counter and readers will appreciate the book nook tucked away, providing a quaint getaway for visitors. All the while, charming records paper the walls, serving as a spirited backdrop to this classic all-American deli. | Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

Klander’s Deli
211 S. Oregon Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-3806