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Visit the State of Jefferson Yreka California United States

Visit the State of Jefferson

This part of Northern California (and Southern Oregon) was close to succeeding and becoming out 49th state back in 1941. This was a region that earned a living off the lumber, fishing, and other harvesting businesses in the area and they felt the government was not distributing infrastructure funding equally to the area. In particular, poor road quality and lack of bridges made it difficult to earn a living in this remote area of Klamath National Forest. They wanted to break away and from their own state (named Jefferson) to improve their lifestyles by governing themselves with their own laws and they were very close to succeeding until Pearl Harbor happened and the US was thrown into war and unity. Drive the Sate of Jefferson Scenic Byway (Highway 96) and see some of the remnants of the succession movement as well as beautiful views of the Klamath Forest.