9. Horse Creek:
Mile marker 76.2

Horse Creek Footbridge
Photo courtesy Gary Rainey


Sargent Sambo
Lived to be well over 100 years old. Believed to be the last known full-blooded
Shasta Indian
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County Museum
  • The origin of Horse Creek comes from a story told by Sergeant Sambo, a legendary Shasta Indian, whose uncle had a horse attacked by a mountain lion, hence the name.
  • Sergeant Sambo was a versatile character. He accomplished tasks that the local farmers were unable or unwilling to do. From doing laundry to training horses, to tracking and herding stray cattle in the rough terrain, this unique individual was also famous for his corn squeezins'.
  • A little gulch across the river produced cinnabar for an old Chinese elder in the 1850s. Every two years he took it to China where it was prized for medicinal purposes.
  • Robert Rainey homesteaded Horse Creek to raise cattle in 1890. At the same time, a large sawmill was in full operation, supplying the whole area with lumber. Rainey allowed the fertile fields across the river to be extensively dredged in 1938 under the condition that they be restored to farmland.
  • Chester Barton established Horse Creek Camp, where he built a small store and cabins for sportsmen east of the footbridge. In 1901, a new wooden bridge replaced the cable bridge. After it fell into the river, it was replaced by the suspension bridge still in use today.
  • In 1946, a remodeled cafe (at this turnout) became the new store, cafe, gas station and post office. The store was destroyed by an arson fire in 1994.



10. Scott River: Mile marker 71.3

  • The Scott River was originally known by trappers as Beaver River. It drains from the Scott Valley, transporting gold from Quartz Hill into the Klamath.
  • Scott River Road was originally a pack trail over which supplies were brought to miners working the gold fields that were discovered by John Scott in 1850.
  • The low water flows of summer allowed miners to divert both rivers with wooden dams. They used massive water wheel pumps to drain the area, giving access to the river bottom. The raging waters of winter over consecutive years destroyed all their efforts causing them to rebuild the following season.
  • The Scott is a challenge for experienced kayakers and a major Fall spawning tributary for salmon.

Waterwheel on the Klamath River
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County Museum



11. Hamburg at Sarah Totten Campground: Mile marker 70.0


Caldwell Store early 1900s
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County Museum

Hamburg Store & Post Office early 1900s
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County Museum

Services: Store, bed & breakfast, campground.

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