Weed is the melting pot of Siskiyou County. Back in the beginnings, Weed was known for its lumber industry and manufacturing facilities. Many Italian immigrants came at this time.
In the 1920's many African-Americans migrated to Weed after their mill closed in Louisiana in 1922.
In the 1980's, many immigrants from Mexico and Laos came to this area.
As a result, Weed has a much more ethnically diverse population than Siskiyou County as a whole.
The Father of Weed
Abner Weed known as "the Father of Weed" arrived in Siskiyou County in 1889 with his family. He built and operated the first lumber mill in Weed, becoming one of the most prominent lumbermen in the area. In 1901 he set up a post office in town and Weed Station officially became Weed.
In Abner's early years, he was a soldier during the civil war and also watched Robert Lee's surrender to President Grant.
In Abner's later years he was a California State Senator in 1906 and spent two terms in the states legislation.
September 9, 2001 the residents of Weed dedicated the Weed Centennial Plaza marking the town's 100 birthday, the plaza was built from bricks salvaged from Weed's old sawmill powerhouse.
The Boles Fire
September 15, 2014 Weed had a devastating fire sweep through the town burning over 158 structures in a very short period of time. Amazingly, no one was killed and the community came together like one big family. Weed was put on the map! Donations came in far and wide from all over the country.
Today the town has recovered with new structures and a new sense of spirit! Two of the main churches that burned have been rebuilt. A lot of new houses have been rebuilt and still in progress.
Weed High School
My daytime job for the past 25 years has been a substitute teacher in Siskiyou County. It's given me the opportunity to know all the schools in South Siskiyou County. They all have their own uniqueness and specialities about them. What I love about Weed High School is the pride the students have. Their enthusiasm and participation in school events are lively and exciting!
This tiny house project began at Weed High School in November of 2015. It was a two year project by the classes of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. Mr. Damon Zeller, the construction class teacher and his students put many hours of dedication, hardwork and pride into this amazing project.
The Tiny House will be auctioned and will begin tomorrow May 19th and end on Friday May 26th. The Tiny house will be on display Saturday the 19th at the Weed Rotary’s Hops & Vines event at Bel Air Park. Stop by and take a tour of our Tiny House. Videos, pictures and descriptions can be seen at http://www.weedhighschool.com/tinyhouse and the auction will be conducted at www.bidcal.com. The starting bid of $39,999.00 covers the cost of our materials and will be invested right back into the program so students can build our second tiny house.
On a Personal Note...
My landlords for fifteen years was Mort and Virginia Kaer and family. Who was Mort Kaer? There was first Mort Kaer Sr. born in Nebraska in 1902. He was a world famous athlete as a track star in the Olympics and a professional American football player.
He was very well known in Weed. He was Weed's football coach from 1945-1972. He accumulated a record of 187-47-7 over 28 years in which he won 17 conference championships.
Mort Kaer Jr., my landlord was following in his father's footsteps as a top notch athlete. He went to USC on a football scholarship, but hurt his knee and had to give up football.
He went to Weed High School for a short time before transferring to Red Bluff where his family had property. He became a high school teacher and met his wife Virginia. They had four children who were also very athletic through their high school years.
I would personally like to thank the Kaer's for renting me their cozy little house in Mt. Shasta and never raising my rent!
Weed and the future
Weed still has it's charm as being a small town. It has the last running lumber mill in South Siskiyou County. Driving through the town of Weed offers many attractions including the Weed Museum, Weed Souvenir Store and other fun stores, Mt. Shasta Brewery, coffee shops and the College of the Siskiyou.
My book, "Mount Shasta Guide to Fun" has a tour of the Weed area or hire me as your personal tour guide.