In honor of the 50-Year Anniversary of the building of Box Canyon Dam, Ned Boss has agreed to do a presentation about the history of Lake Siskiyou.

In honor of the 50-Year Anniversary of the building of Box Canyon Dam, Ned Boss has agreed to do a presentation about the history of Lake Siskiyou. This will occur on Thursday, July 11, starting at 7 p.m. at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Jean Nels, the Museum Director, said she hopes everyone will be able to hear Ned Boss’ compelling story with its combination of humor and history.

When asked how he felt about such a wonderful response from the community at his previous sold-out presentations, Boss said, “I knew some people were interested in hearing the story about the history of Lake Siskiyou, but I was overwhelmed by the response and gratified to see so many people interested in it. Being able to share the history of the lake is very satisfying.”

It has been 50 years since Box Canyon Dam was constructed and Lake Siskiyou was created. How did the families that owned the land beneath the lake feel when they had to give up their homes? What were the agreements that Mt. Shasta City, Siskiyou County and the State of California decided upon concerning the dam and the lake, and how did those work out? Boss will be discussing these topics and more.

Boss will also be showing many photos of the area before the lake was created, during the construction of Box Canyon Dam, and afterwards. His family owned a ranch that they dearly loved, including a campground along the Sacramento River, but they were forced to sell it to the State when the building of Box Canyon Dam was approved. The Spini family operated Rainbow Dairy on land that had been owned by their family for generations, and they were also forced to sell. Boss will include many interesting details about lawsuits, disagreements, and broken promises surrounding this beautiful lake that we all now enjoy.

In the presentation Boss talks about how his feelings have changed through the years. “At the time the ranch was condemned (purchased by the State), I was pretty upset for losing the family property, the campground I had built, and the future Christmas tree farm we had planned. In time, old wounds heal and mine has. Lake Siskiyou has become a real asset to our community: our residents, visitors, and businesses. When I see people enjoy their stay at Lake Siskiyou, it helps me forget my loss.”

A $5 donation is requested from the attendees in order to help fund the museum’s ability to “Illuminate the past, present and future of the Mount Shasta Region.” Tickets may be purchased at Village Books, Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce, or the museum.

The museum is an all-volunteer organization that exists on donations, memberships, grants and fundraisers. Go to www.mtshastamuseum.com or the museum’s Facebook page for information.

The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is located at 1 North Old Stage Road, Mt. Shasta, CA. During the summer, it is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in September, it is open daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.