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Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers (203-0-0) (Last 10 Posts) Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:16:05
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Thread Title: "OMJ's Squirrel Safari"

Here's a little history:

Cedarville is home to the annual squirrel roundup.  Locals say the little varmint devils will eat 25% of the crop and their hazardous holes are bad for unaware horses, people and equipment.  It seems to be great sport, the ranchers welcome the help to control them, the eagles eagerly clean up the remains and the squirrels are awful scroungy looking anyway and can carry bubonic plague.


Especially during hunting season, you will see deer (including a trophy buck walking down Main Street and cutting across the hotel rear parking lot just to taunt the hunters.  Of course, the deer know there is no hunting in town.


Guides are available for Big Horn Sheep (see the links) and rides into the wilderness.

Bird hunters have done well here.  Geese and Ducks are bountiful and fly by overhead almost daily.

Fishing is excellent in the lakes.  Our guests have brought us some tasty ones.

Elk are well established on the Fandango Pass. Watch out during the rutting season.  They can be very dangerous.

There are bears in the Warners as well as mountain lions so be careful in the woods and elsewhere.  Also, respect others property and re-close gates and leave no trace behind.


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Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers(203-0-0) Post#1 - Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:16:58

Historic Cedarville began about 1864 as Deep Creek, a wagon train campground.  By 1867, John Bonner and William Cressler had established a trading post here.  Bonner built the road over Cedar Pass.  Cressler introduced legislation in 22nd California Congress to succeed from Siskiyiu County and form Modoc County. Cedarville has been in Utah Territory and Nevada before it was claimed by California.  By 1880, the population had grown to 220.  Today it is about 800.  Some say Cedarville got its name from a lone Cedar tree at the edge of town prompting John Bonner to name it after his hometown of Cedarville, Ohio.


There are several historic buildings located in town

The Townsend trading post, bought by Cressler-Bonner, built in 1865 is in the park on Center Street (one block west of Main Street) and less than a block from Highway 299.  It is designated as state Historical Landmark No. 14.


The corner store on Main Street and Highway 299, Cedarville Grocery, was the Bank of Surprise Valley that went under during the depression in the 1930s.


Next to the store is the Cedarville Garage currently home to several historic horse drawn vehicles.  If anyone is around you might be able to get a tour. Continuing down Main St. you will find the Cressler-Bonner building, started in 1884 and finished in 1885.  The shop next to Surprise was a hardware store.  The first and oldest elevator in Modoc County can be found in that shop.  Stop in Floating Island Books, originally the first bank in Modoc County years ago, and browse around.  You can also visit the Surprise Internet Cafe for some coffee, excellent wine choices, wireless Internet and collectibles.  Upstairs was a Knights of Pythias lodge now becoming apartments.


The next point of interest built from the turn of the century (1880) is the Metzker house, currently a bed and breakfast.  This was the original Cressler house. Past the old fire bell is the old Bank of America building now the home of the Over 50 Club. Everyone in the valley over 50 is an automatic member. The building can be rented as a hall for events. The Senior Citizen lunch is served there every Tuesday and Thursday.


There are several historic residences in town to see.  The Cloud house at 203 South Main St., the Van Doren house at 405 Townsend Street (hwy 299) and the Dee house at 675 Center Street.


At the fair grounds is the town of Louieville.  This is a collection of buildings donated from neighboring towns and ranches for preservation.  There is a slaughterhouse, a schoolhouse, a water tower, a church, a two-seat outhouse, the old Fort Bidwell jail, a workshop, the old Eagleville jail and a cabin built by Christopher Sharp - one of the first settlers of Cedarville.


On your way back up Main St, you will see Warner Mountain Weavers which was the Deep Creek School House in 1874 and then after a second story addition home to the Masons. They shear local sheep, dye the wool, spin it and weave or knit with the end product. See shopping.


The hotel was built in the teens and included a pharmacy and a barbershop in the front that extended out to the sidewalk.  Gordon Ash stopped by with some pictures.  The explosion eliminated that portion of the building.  In the 20's, the hotel had awnings over the windows and no decks.  It looked like the 20's in Chicago.  The hotel was owned by Golden's for several years and had oil heat with a big tank in the basement.  Bill Drew bought the hotel from the Arache’s and refurbished it after it had been unused as a hotel for several years.  As more about the building and Cedarville is discovered, this section will be expanded. See Blog link on Home Page for some more history.

Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers(203-0-0) Post#2 - Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:19:15

Click here for Surprise Valley, California Location Map

Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers(203-0-0) Post#3 - Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:22:13
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Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers(203-0-0) Post#4 - Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:25:04

JnR Hotel Exterior


This is where we'll be staying, We were VERY lucky to get in on some cancellations, The price for 4 days and 3 nights was $168 per person per room!

Thread Admin: oldmanjeffers(203-0-0) Post#5 - Posted: 03/14/2011 at 22:29:04

Click on this for the Filer, It's got a list of ranchers that you could contact for next years hunt, Once you get in with a rancher most will call you or let you know when they cut the Fields and you can go up and shoot all year!http://www.surprisevalleychamber.com/2011-squirrel-roundup.pdf

Seller: jessmoon(129-0-0) Post#6 - Posted: 03/15/2011 at 06:09:23

I miss shootin prairie dogs in the Dakotas.Cry

Not the same but similar good times.

Seller: Goatman007(7-0-0) Post#7 - Posted: 03/15/2011 at 06:58:54

When do you want to go Jess? We are planning a trip out west for a couple of days.

Buyer: 5thcommjarhead(70-0-0) Post#8 - Posted: 03/15/2011 at 07:01:00

Thanks, OMJ.  Now I know everything I never needed to know about Cedarville.   Laughing

Did anyone happen to see the National Geographic program last night called "Hogs Gone Wild"?  It was about feral hogs invading neighborhoods in Florida and trashing crops in Texas and Hawaii.  Did these fools shoot them?  Oh, no.  The ones in Florida used dogs to run them down and then they pulled off the dogs and trussed them up and threw them in a truck.  The other guys trapped them in a pen, got a loop around their necks, and then did the trussing/truck thing.  Looked to me like a good way to get a tusk up yer butt. 

Former Seller: Pappa Jim(84-1-0) Post#9 - Posted: 03/15/2011 at 08:18:35
Pappa Jim

So whats the next step once they get them in the truck? I'll bet they drive them someplace and turn then loose. Making them a problem for someone else.

Buyer: Splittinhairs(18-0-0) Post#10 - Posted: 03/15/2011 at 08:38:22

Catch and release!Cry

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