When the Central Pacific Railroad decided to build its line through the county to connect with the Oregon and California Railroad in Ashland, Montague was chosen to be the next town north of Gazelle. In January of 1887, L.D. Norton was sent to lay out the town site on land that was donated by the Prather Brothers and C.C. Webb, a half section each.

The tracks were completed through Montague on February 8, 1887. As was the tradition of the Pacific Improvement Company, a huge promotional campaign was conducted and an excursion train from Oakland brought up to Montague to auction off lots in the new 

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COMMUNITY HALL 200 S 11th Street 
 

The Knights of Pythias Hall originally stood on this location, but burned down in July 1929. The present building, the Montague Community Hall, was built in four months following the fire and had its grand opening on November 16, 1929. It has a large hall for dances and banquets, a kitchen and outdoor barbecue, and a smaller club room. In 2010 and 2011 the Community Hall was completely remodeled.  The Community Hall is an exceptional venue that may be rented for special events.

                                                                           

                                             

                                               

                                                Click here for photos of the interior.

 

                                                Rental Agreement available at City Hall.

                         


MONTAGUE RAILROAD DEPOT MUSEUM

230 S 11th Street

Will be open Memorial Day Weekend
and June 6 through Labor Day
Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 2:00 P.M.
and Labor Day Monday


A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTAGUE’S RAILROAD

 

When the Central Pacific Railroad decided to build its line through the county to connect with the Oregon and California Railroad in Ashland, Montague was chosen to be the next town north of Gazelle. In January of 1887, L.D. Norton was sent to lay out the town site on land that was donated by the Prather Brothers and C.C. Webb, a half section each.

The tracks were completed through Montague on February 8, 1887. As was the tradition of the Pacific Improvement Company, a huge promotional campaign was conducted and an excursion train from Oakland brought up to Montague to auction off lots in the new town.

The depot was built in five weeks and, according to the March 31, 1887 edition of the Yreka Union, it was "a Magnificent structure of redwood, even to the shingles". In 1906 the platform was enlarged to 40 feet and in 1916 the office and freight house were enlarged, and another waiting room added.

Montague became an important shipping center soon after the cattle corrals were built. In 1888, Yreka built a short line, the Yreka Railroad Company, to connect with Montague. Montague was incorporated January 25th, 1909.

The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot's last day was officially October 15, 1977, after ninety years of service. The Southern Pacific Transportation Company donated the depot to the City of Montague in 1978 with the provision that it be removed from their property. It was moved to its current site in 1978. The museum had a facelift (new roofing, paint, electricity and more) in 2003 and 2004 and is now set up as closely to the original as possible.

 

For more information on Montague and its history, a book titled "The Siskiyou Pioneer", the Montague issue, is available at the depot gift area.


 

MONTAGUE HISTORY CENTER

131 S. 10th Street

Montague's Historic Preservation Committee is working on a project to refurbish the old Bank Building. Built in 1906, it has also been Fire Hall, City Hall, Jail and Library. Renamed the Montague History Center, it is free to the public, schools and visitors. It houses books, puzzles, games and videos for exchange and also has a gift area with items to be sold for donation only to help pay expenses.

                                                The public can browse through the files for local, 

                                                county, state and US history and information, including

                                                obituaries from the surrounding small towns of

                                                Montague, Hilt, Henley, Hornbrook, Grenada, Gazelle,

                                                Big Springs and Happy Camp.

 

                                 For special tours or information, contact:

     Ken and Laverne Brown

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