The Great Yreka Courthouse Gold Heist is now available.
On the morning of February 1, 2012, before the general public began entering the Siskiyou County courthouse in Yreka, California, County Maintenance Supervisor Billy McCully and two others entered the building on their way to work. Once inside, they were shocked to discover that the gold display, located in the front entryway, had been severely compromised. For decades it had proudly exhibited a fortune in gold discovered in the hills, mountains, rivers and streams of Siskiyou County since the 1850’s. They saw that a hole had been smashed in one of the glass panels of the display large enough for a man to put his arm through, and that a significant portion of the contents of the display was gone!
I wrote a series of articles about this for the Siskiyou Daily News. Now, the Siskiyou County Historical Society, under the guidance of Claudia East, has reprinted the story in an attractive 70-page book, entitled The Great Yreka Courthouse Gold Heist.
In addition to the story of the theft itself, the book includes an informative article by Michael Hendryx, retired former Director of the Siskiyou County Museum, describing how he painstakingly curated, designed, organized, and maintained the exhibit since 1985. Michael’s piece is entitled Care of the Gold Exhibit at the Siskiyou County Courthouse.
Claudia East, a retired professional educator, has a passion for preserving local and family history. Her piece, entitled Siskiyou’s Gold – Years of Exhibitions, completes the book. The loss of the gold collection was devastating to the people of our county. The gold collection was such a source of pride that it was exhibited throughout the west since 1905, including the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, the 1939 San Francisco Treasure Island Golden Gate International Exposition, and many State Fairs. It was, literally, a treasure.
The Great Yreka Courthouse Gold Heist is now available from Amazon in Kindle format for $3.99 and paperback format for $6.99. Click HERE for the link to Amazon. The paperback books will also be available soon at the Historical Society’s bookstore at the Museum and other local bookstores. Please buy the book. Regardless of where you buy it, proceeds from the sale will benefit the Siskiyou County Historical Society. I am grateful that the Historical Society has taken an interest and sponsored this endeavor, and am especially grateful to Claudia East and Michael Hendryx for their hard work and expertise in producing and editing the book.
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Thanks for reading!