Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Siskiyou County
The marker reads:
City of Montague
On January 17, 1887 L. D. Norton, Assistant Engineer for the Southern Pacific Company, began to layout this townsite named in honor of Samuel S. Montague who was Chief Engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad most noted for his skillful engineering of the transcontinental railroad from Sacramento to Promontory, Utah.
Humbug Chapter 73
November 1, 1975
With the completion of the Oregon and California Railroad in 1887, Montague became a bustling town and major thoroughfare.
Commerce and travel throughout northern Siskiyou County was centered here, with cattle drives from Butte Valley to the east and trade to the west.
Yreka, a gold rush town and the county seat of Siskiyou County, depended on stagecoach, wagons and horseback for transportation. In 1888 and 1889 the citizens of Yreka built their own railroad from Yreka to the Montague hub. That railroad was known as the Yreka Western Railroad.
Source: City of Montague Website