We are all unpaid volunteers, so our days and hours change according to staffing coverage - we suggest you call the office before you plan to visit: 530-275-3995. 

If we are not open when you visit the area, call 530-604-7771, and we may be able to accommodate your visit.  

We love sharing our history for school tours (we have fun docents!), car club tours, and when guests come from out of town. Call us if you need us to accommodate your needs! 

We have added more of our past newsletters, which have interesting stories and photos, to our "newsletters" page for your pleasure. 

Our location is 1525 Median Ave. in the City of Shasta Lake. We are part of the Visitors Center housing a Museum, Library and Chamber of Commerce.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 562, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. Email: slhandhs@gmail.com. 

One can only image what it was like in those days of construction on Shasta Dam in the late 30's and early 40's. These are just a few of the many photographs in our collection. 



Working on the Pit River Bridge under construction.  In the picture above, look down at the river, that is the old Pit River Bridge in the background. 

Board of Directors

Rick Fox, President

Joan Fackrell, Vice President

Darlene Brown, Secretary/Past President

Kay Kobe, Treasurer

Pete Droesch, Director

Sandy Estes, Director

Del Hiebert, Director

Mike Daniels, Director

 Many photographs shown on our website are personal photos and can not be used for commercial purposes in any form. Please contact us for permission of use on any reproduction of any of the photographs within our website. Thank you.

               NEWS TO DATE- 5/1/2024

MAY- Displays are in the processing of being changed for the summer. Below is the display on Martha Gregory, one of the women featured in our new book: EMPOWERED WOMEN IN SHASTA COUNTY.  

Discover 54 inspiring and interesting stories of women who left their mark in Shasta County, from field science to bronc busting, teaching to politics, overcoming trials and tribulations, and cultural barriers. Whether big or small, notable or not, the stories relate to all women and will be enlightening for future generations. 

Our sincere thanks to any and all of you who support us!          It is because of your donations that we have been able to preserve the photographs and stories that are shown in the museum. From before the construction of Shasta Dam - be it the Native American habitats to the gold rush era, to the copper mining era bringing the cities under Shasta Lake-  to the Boomtown era of Shasta Dam construction - we have so much history to share!
In the Boomtown Museum are 14ft. tall murals enhancing two of our walls. One wall depicts the Mammoth Mine located above the town of Kennett (which lies beneath Shasta Lake) and symbolic of the Copper Mining that encompassed the area before Shasta Dam was built. The other wall shows the dam workers arriving to work on building Shasta Dam.  

Platforms display antiques and vintage items including the "elephant" in the room, the original movie projector, resurrected out of the "Boomtown" Shasta Theatre ashes. Hands on, we have vintage typewriters and "view masters".

 Display cases have Native American baskets, Veteran's memorabilia and more.  We have maps, oh boy do we have maps and newspapers ...and over 5,000 photos and lots of reference material. We also have a big screen TV to show our digital films and a recording studio to digitize and preserve your stories for our files, and a gift shop! 

Shasta Dam has tours telling you how and why Shasta Dam was constructed. We will tell you about the PEOPLE who came to live and work here - before the Dam, during the Dam construction, and after the Dam was completed. 

So on your next visit to Shasta County, make it point to stop by the BOOMTOWN MUSEUM on your way to Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake or the mountains, and learn a little more about local history. You'll be glad you did!  

 "Those Dam Kids". It is a great addition to any book collection. Almost 300 pages, it is full of photos and short stories by the offspring of the workers on Shasta Dam.  Sharing their memories during the "Boomtown Years", it is a quick must read and sure to be a collectible book in years to come.  Above is Mr. Mathew Rumboltz with some of "those Dam kids" and the first 7th & 8th grade students at Toyon School 1938. click: those-dam-kids-book.php