Gail Fiorini-Jenner

As It Was Contributor

Gail Fiorini-Jenner of Etna, California, is a writer and teacher married to fourth-generation cattle rancher Doug Jenner. They have three children, seven grandchildren and live on the original homestead.  Her first novel Across the Sweet Grass Hills, won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award. She co-authored four histories with Arcadia Publishing: Western Siskiyou County: Gold & Dreams, Images of the State of JeffersonThe State of Jefferson: Then & Now, which placed in the 2008 Next Generation Awards for Nonfiction and Postcards from the State of Jefferson.  She co-authored Historic Inns & Eateries in the State of Jefferson, featuring 30 locations and their recipes. Fiorini-Jenner has placed in several writing contests: The Jack London Novel Contest; The William Faulkner Story Contest; The Writer's Digest Inspirational Story and Screenplay Contests. She appeared on History Channel's  How the States Got Their Shapes,  and NPR's West Coast Live. She also writes for Jefferson Backroads.  

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History
11:48 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Stars Escape from Little Shasta Girl's Bag

Episode 2458
  Northern California’s Shasta Tribe has shared many early tales of the region.  One relates how a little girl accidentally scattered stars across the sky.

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History
10:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Plane Crashes on Montague's First Airfield

Episode 2451

 The first landing strip at Montague, Calif., was an open field south of Little Shasta Road. It had a large board with a white-canvass cross that guided pilots to safe landings. 

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History
10:34 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Redding's Sundial Bridge Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Episode 2443
 This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Calif. The celebration will culminate on July 4th, the actual anniversary of the stunning architectural superstructure.

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History
10:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lewiston's Historic District Includes Hotel Rebuilt in 1875

Episode 2426
 The historic mining town of Lewiston, Calif., with a population today of about 1,500, is located along Hwy 299 and the Trinity River.  The highway connects Redding to Weaverville and ultimately, the Coast. 
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History
8:08 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Charles Kappler of France Brews Beer in Etna, Calif.

Episode 2421
 Born in Alsace, France, in 1834, Charles Kappler emigrated to Yreka, Calif., in 1860, where he worked in a brewery.  

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History
10:29 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Crossing Scott Mountain Requires Grit in early 1860s

Episode 2414
 The toughest mountain to cross for the California-Oregon Stage Company was Scott Mountain.

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History
9:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

French-born Packer Delivers Supplies to Siskiyou County

Episode 2405

Gus Meamber spent most of his life in Siskiyou County as a packer.  With no roads along the Klamath or Scott River, pack trains were essential for getting supplies to miners, merchants, and farmers.

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History
8:18 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Chinese Operate Successful Gold Mines in Siskiyou County

Episode 2398
 Chinese mining companies were rare and their workers often persecuted during the California gold rush, but a number of operations were successful in Siskiyou County. During the late 1800s along the Klamath River, Chinese worked for white miners or ran their own mining companies. 
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History
9:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Barns and Watering Troughs Serve as 1880s Billboards

Episode 2390
 Barns and watering troughs served as billboards in the 1880s, proof that advertising was as much a part of life in those days as railroading and road building.
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History
8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

John Daggett Develops Black Bear Gold Mine

Episode 2378
  Discovered in 1860, the Black Bear Mine was one of the most important quartz gold mines in Siskiyou County, Calif.  It was located along the Salmon River in the Liberty Mining District, nine miles south of Sawyer’s Bar. 
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