National Register of Historic Places in Siskiyou County

Weed Lumber Company Boarding House Weed Lumber Company Boarding House
29 April 2010
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National Register #80000869
Shasta Inn and Weed Lumber Company Boarding House
829 and 877 North Davis Avenue
Built 1901

The Shasta Inn and the Weed Lumber Compnay Boarding House were among the first buildings constructed by the Weed Lumber Company, Abner Weed founder. Weed's company formed the nucleus of the town which now bears his name.

The Shasta Inn contained hotel rooms and a dining room, catering to company employees, travellers, and townspeople alike. The building also housed the mill's foreman. The adjacent boarding house contained living quarters for workers at the lumber company.

The Shasta Inn was one of the most popular places in Weed. The huge dining room served two hundred people three times a day. Patrons included lumberjacks, mill workers and the general public. On Sundays, many townspeople dressed in their best and went to the Shasta Inn for dinner.

Visiting corporate officials and lumber barons dined in a separate suite or the privacy of their elegant quarters. Several suites were set aside as executive accommodations.

The Shasta Inn had twenty-two hotel rooms. Among the steady boarders were school teachers, preachers and office employees of the lumber company.

An unmarried common laborer could eat at reasonable rates in the Inn's big dining hall, but had to sleep in the barn-like company boarding house a short distance east of the Shasta Inn. Working men with families lived in company-owned houses elsewhere in Weed.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form submitted in 1980.

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