Traveling in wagons early immigrants settled in the Shasta Valley in the early 1850’s.
These early homesteaders staked out their land and made the area their home. One
of the first to homestead was the John Gregory family settling in the Eastern part
of the county. Gregory hill, to the East of downtown, is named after this family
when his wife decided to settle in the Montague area.
The community was named after Samuel Skerry Montague. He was well know for being
chief engineer for the Trans-continental completed in 1869 and later chief engineer
on the Central Pacific Railroad connecting San Francisco to
Portland. He died in the town of Sission, now Mt Shasta City, at a friends mountain
With the completion of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1887 Montague became a bustling
town as a major throughfare. Commerce and travel throughout Northern Siskiyou County
was accomplished here, with cattle drives from Butte Valley to the east and trade
to the west. Yreka, the county seat of Siskiyou County, in need of something other
than horse drawn wagons and stage coaches between Yreka and Montague, built their
own RR in 1889 from the county seat to the hub - Yreka Western Railroad.
In the shadow of Mt. Shasta, nestled in the Shasta Valley the natural beauty of the
land is what draws people to this last frontier of California. Located in the heart
of the mythical State of Jefferson, Montague exemplifies a small town based on a
sense of community, traditions and family values. Montague’s community ideals and
atmosphere makes this town an ideal setting to raise families, as many generations
before have done. With a Western atmosphere, Montague’s quaint downtown offers a
variety of things to do. Because Montague is a small town, rich in history, it’s
easy to spend an afternoon strolling along main street exploring the various shops
and eateries while meeting the town merchants.