Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Hastings Barracks
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 Valley.
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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Updated 8 February 2016