Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Part of our in-depth series exploring the Mountain Pacific Forts

Picture of Fort Jones

Fort Jones Museum
11913 Main St.
Fort Jones, CA
Phone: 530-468-5568

With the advent of the California "Gold Rush," Captain Edward H. Fitzgerald of the 1st Dragoons was ordered to establish a fort in present Siskiyou County. In 1852, he selected a site in "Beaver Valley" (Scott Valley.) By 1855-56, Inidan conflicts subsided and Fort Jones became little more than an outpost. In 1858, orders were received to evacuate the fort.

Until the end of the Civil War, the fort was used by local militia, but by 1870, the structure had begun to decay. Some time afterc the turn of the century, remaining fort structures collapsed.

Today, an historical marker on Eastside Road and the town of Fort Jones are the only evidence that the fort ever existed.  

Communities and Related Links
Fort Jones Web Site
Fort Jones
Yreka Chamber of Commerce

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