The Great Yreka Courthouse Gold Heist

The Great Yreka Courthouse Gold Heist is a nonfiction documentary account of the 2012 theft of the gold display from the courthouse in my home town  published in April, 2021. 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 and that a significant portion of the contents was gone! (READ MORE) 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. I wrote a series of articles about this for the Siskiyou Daily News.  Now, the Siskiyou County Historical Society has reprinted the story in an attractive 70-page 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.