Ride this 109 scenic miles on the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. We begin in Yreka, CA, 35 miles north of Mt. Shasta, near the Oregon state line. From Main Street we ride north on Hwy 263 then west on California 96, which follows the Klamath River to Happy Camp, where this Bigfoot Statue waits. Greyback Road takes you north to O'Brien, Oregon. Many locals call this area the "State of Jefferson".
The State of Jefferson
“In October 1941, the mayor of Port Orford, Oregon, Gilbert Gable, said that the Oregon counties of Curry, Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath should join with the California counties of Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Modoc to form a new state, later named Jefferson.
On November 27, 1941, a group of young men gained national media attention when, brandishing hunting rifles for dramatic effect, they stopped traffic on U.S. Route 99 south of Yreka, the county seat of Siskiyou County, and handed out copies of a Proclamation of Independence, stating that the state of Jefferson was in "patriotic rebellion against the States of California and Oregon" and would continue to "secede every Thursday until further notice." ...
On October 24, 2014, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties delivered their declarations for
independence from the state of California to the California Secretary of State's office. On January 15, 2015, three more counties, Glenn, Tehama, and Yuba, submitted their official declarations
as well.” Click the link below for more info.