Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Supposedly this was a settlers' fort of
huge pine logs built by Landsford W. Hastings and 16 companions
in 1843. It was located at the base of the hill on the north
side of the small valley opposite Lower Soda Springs in the Shasta
Lansford Hastings is most famous for writing
"The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California" published
in Cincinnati in 1845-- the guidebook used by the disasterous
Donner Party Expedition in 1846.
Lansford was also a business partner of
John Sutter, a lawyer and judge in Sacramento, and a Major in
the Confederate Army
After the war, he helped found a Confederate
refuge in Brazil and his new guidebook, "The Emigrants'
Guide to Brazil," was published in 1866. Lansford reportedly
died at sea enroute to Brazil in 1870 (possibly of yellow fever
at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands).
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