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From: George Rushton <>
Subject: Re: Kennett / photo of hotel
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 12:40:45 -0700 (PDT)
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I checked the MELVYL Catalog, and found this which is
at Bancroft.


Title: View of the Kennett Hotel, and other
Publisher: ca. 1900?
Description: 3 photographic prints : b&w ; images
17 x 22 cm.
Notes: Title supplied by cataloger.
Photographers unknown.
One photo shows the Kennett Hotel
and guests in
Calif. Other views (unidentified and
show a
train wreck and a crane.
Kennett was town in Shasta County,
Calif., covered by
when Shasta Reservoir was built.
Language: English
Subjects: Kennett Hotel--Pictorial works.



--- wrote:
> I had a request for this info so interesting I
> thought I'd share it.
> Janie
> KENNETT - Established in 1884 as a railroad town
> beside the Sacramento
> River when the California & Oregon Railroad extended
> its tracks from
> Redding to Delta. The place was first used as an
> emergency brake-testing
> station and was by the railroad for Squlre Kennett,
> a railroad
> stockholder and fiancier. Became a copper mining
> boom town that once
> boasted a population of over 5000. Was home to the
> famous Diamond Bar
> Saloon; the offices of the Justice of the Peace were
> located in the saloon
> building basement. The town was home to an Opera
> House. The Kennett Post
> Office was established in 1886 and discontinued in
> 1942. Goldminer Charles
> Butters arrived in approximately 1885 and began
> purchasing land. He owned
> over 6000 acres by 1905 and began building the town
> complete with roads,
> churches, and schools. The town suffered a
> devstating fiew in 1904.
> In 1905 electity arrived. In 1907 the Mammoth Copper
> Company built a copper
> smelter whose thick fumes sometimes enveloped the
> whole town in a haze of
> bluish smoke. The smelter operated continuously
> until 1919 when it was
> shut down by court order, operated again briefly in
> 1924, and dismantled in
> 1925. Was the 2nd largest town in Shasta County in
> 1910 and the most
> prosperous mining town in the West. In 1911 Kennett
> became incorporated and
> in 1930 was disincorporated. The remains of Kennett
> lie in the deepest part
> of Shasta Lake just north of the dam. Shasta Dam was
> first unoffically
> called Kennett Dam Kennet Ferry Crossed the
> Sacramento River. 20 Greek
> workers drowned in the Sacramento in 1907 when it
> tilted up and they slid
> into the water while on their way to work.
> Kennet had 2 newspapers The Kennet Itemizer and the
> Kennett View
> (neither is in the local Library)
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