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Yreka Mesothelioma


Yreka mesothelioma lawyers represent individuals and their families who live in Yreka or were exposed to asbestos within or near Yreka. In almost every single instance a Yreka mesothelioma lawsuit is the result of a person having had exposure to asbestos. We can help Yreka families whose lives have been needlessly and irreversibly affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.



Located in the Shasta Valley on the north end of the spectacular Shasta Cascade region of California, the City of Yreka, California is the last stop along Interstate 5 heading north into Oregon, or preferably the city that welcomes you to California on your way south.  Yreka is home to 7,765 people and is the seat of government for Siskiyou County. 

Yreka Mesothelioma
Yreka, California

Over a century before the construction of Interstate 5, this region was traversed by the Siskiyou Tail, a pioneer path that connected the rapidly developing Willamette and Sacramento Valleys.  Along this path in March 1851, in the vicinity of what is now Yreka’s Rocky Gulch, Abraham Thompson discovered gold while making his way south to California.  And gold was what had brought so many recent arrivals to the new state of California and word of Thompson’s discovery spread out at near Internet speeds.  In less than a month several thousand miners had descended on the spot with pans and picks in the hope of striking it rich and by that summer a boomtown of cabins and tents had sprung up into a bustling new town.

Initially called Thompson’s Dry Diggings this new community went through several names before settling on Yreka.  It is generally acknowledged that the name derives from “wáik’a” – what the indigenous Shasta people called Mount Shasta – and literally meaning “white mountain” or “north mountain.”  Famously however, in his autobiography Mark Twain tells us a more popular story: “There was a bakeshop with a canvas sign which had not yet been put up but had been painted and stretched to dry in such a way that the word BAKERY, all but the B, showed through and was reversed. A stranger read it wrong end first, YREKA, and supposed that that was the name of the camp.” Awareness of the Yreka Bakery palindrome even predates Twain’s account.  Frederick Deng started the first Yreka Bakery in 1856 and the citizens of Yreka were immediately in on the fun.  A contemporary advertisement in a local pioneer newspaper stated, “spell Yreka Bakery backwards and you will know where to get a good loaf of bread.”

Yreka also gained some notoriety in late 1941 when it was declared the provisional capital of the self-declared State of Jefferson.  Upset at chronic neglect from their respective states, an assortment of people and politicians from across a collection of counties of Southern Oregon and Northern California attempted to create a new state, or maybe even country, depending on who’s telling the tale.  In November of that year local Yreka residents even took to blocking U.S. Route 99 (the predecessor to Interstate 5) and would pass out copies of a proclamation of independence and announced, “that they would secede every Thursday until further notice.”  While the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought an end to that particular effort, the idea of such a state lives on with many locals and references to this hypothetical State can be found throughout Yreka and even the local NPR affiliate refers to itself as “Jefferson Public Radio.”

Today a taste of Yreka’s gold rush days can still be experienced on the City’s West Miner Street Historic District, a marvelously well-preserved main street of the old west, featuring some 30 or so artisan shops, restaurants, brewpubs and saloons.  The buildings are well marked with historical plaques explaining their colorful history and demonstrating Yreka’s prominence as a regional center during the gold rush era of California history.  West Miner Street is a California Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historical Places.  Notable among the nineteenth century buildings is the Franco American Hotel with its distinctive “piazza” balcony facing the street. Opened in 1855 the hotel was an important stagecoach stop and in its time was considered one of the nicest hotels in Northern California.  President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family stayed there on his western tour of California and Oregon in September 1880. Among his entourage was Civil War hero General William Tecumseh Sherman.  The hotel today features a jewelry store, a barbershop and a small museum. 

Each year on the third weekend in June, Yreka’s downtown is taken entirely back in time for the City’s annual Gold Rush Days.  It is the biggest gold rush themed festival in California and features live music, pony rides, antique dealers, street food and a beer garden. Old time gun-fight reenactments are set in front of the Franco American Hotel. 

For decades you could see the biggest gold collection in the continental United States beautifully housed in a glass case at the Siskiyou County Courthouse.  Made up of nuggets, flakes, dust jewelry and coins gathered over a century mostly from donations by local miners and Yreka residents, it was a must see for any Yreka visitor and had even been an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco.  But gold’s lure is gold’s lure and on February 1, 2012 the collection was stolen in a middle-of-the night heist.  It was valued at over 1.25 million and meant much more than that to the people of Yreka and Siskiyou County. 

Much of Yreka’s vibrant history can also be discovered at the Siskiyou Country Museum, 910 South Main Street and which is open 9am to 3pm Tuesday thru Saturday.  Displays focus on the people, places and events of Siskiyou Country and Yreka from prehistoric times thru the gold rush, pioneering days, to the State of Jefferson and beyond.  An outdoor area encompassing several acres features vintage vehicles, machines and mining equipment, as well as historic and reconstructed buildings. The Siskiyou County Museum also features an extensive research library of historic materials, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and ephemera perfect for those curious about local or family history.  The research library is generally open to the public, but the museum recommends making an appointment so they can best help you with your research needs.



The mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have over 45 years of experience working with mesothelioma lawsuits in Yreka and throughout California. Our mesothelioma lawyers can come to your home to discuss your work history and to guide you through the process of a mesothelioma lawsuit.  An individual’s exposure to asbestos may have taken place many years in the past, and it is often necessary to walk through a detailed work history to determine where and when exposure occurred.

Many mesothelioma lawsuits originating in Yreka involve exposure to asbestos that occurred locally within the city. Yreka and its Siskiyou County environs is home to mines, mills, factories, railroads, auto-shops, and construction projects that have used considerable amounts of asbestos products and asbestos-containing equipment. 

Yreka mesothelioma lawsuits have been brought based on asbestos exposure that occurred at many specific worksites in and around Yreka and greater Siskiyou County such as:

●          International Paper Company, Weed                                                 Manufacturing Plant

●          Lake Shastina Underground Pipe Project, Lake Shastina                  Utility Project

●          Long-Bell Lumber Company (later Long-Bell Division), Weed       Manufacturing Plant

●          McCloud River Lumber Company, McCloud                                    Manufacturing Plant

●          Siskiyou County Water District, Yreka and Countywide                  Construction Sites

●          Southern Pacific Railroad Yard, Dunsmuir                                        Rail Yard

●          Union Pacific Railroad Yard, Dunsmuir                                            Rail Yard

Yreka mesothelioma cases can involve industrial and shipyard exposure to asbestos by many different kinds of workers, in all variety of industrial jobs, trades, and occupations, including:

  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Workers
  • Custodians
  • Drillers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Flooring Installers
  • Foundry Workers
  • Glaziers
  • Home Repair
  • HVAC Repair
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Lathers
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Engineers
  • Molders
  • Painters
  • Paintmakers
  • Pipe Installation
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Public Works projects
  • Repairman
  • Riggers
  • Roofers
  • Seaman
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Superintendents/Foremen
  • Tiremen
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Welders

Yreka mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have brought successful asbestos exposure lawsuits arising from asbestos exposure at many types of worksites in Yreka, and across California, including:

  • aerospace
  • airports
  • automobile plants
  • chemical plants
  • construction sites
  • electric companies
  • factories
  • food-processing plants
  • foundries
  • garages
  • grocery retailers
  • laboratories
  • lumber yards
  • manufacturing plants
  • military facilities
  • Navy ships
  • oil refineries
  • shipyards

The Yreka mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have also brought successful “take home” mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of spouses, children, and other family members of workers who were exposed to take-home asbestos at their worksites in Yreka and brought the asbestos home on their work clothes.

The workers, or family members, exposed to asbestos in Yreka mesothelioma lawsuits have received care and treatment at medical centers where oncologists and other medical professionals can make referrals to regional experts treating mesothelioma cases.  Yreka treatment facilities include:

●          Fairchild Medical Center                   



The Kazan, McCain, Satterley & Greenwood mesothelioma lawyers are able to file and prosecute cases throughout California.

It is possible that Yreka mesothelioma lawsuits will be handled in the Siskiyou County civil court system.  They may also be filed in other California counties that have civil court departments specially dedicated to handling mesothelioma lawsuits, even mesothelioma lawsuits where asbestos exposure occurred in Yreka, or if the mesothelioma lawsuit client lives in Yreka or in the area around Yreka.  Should a mesothelioma lawsuit be filed locally, the Siskiyou County Courthouse is located at 311 4th Street right in the heart of Yreka.  The Siskiyou County Courthouse is a complex of several historic structures, the original of which dates from 1857.  In 2019 work was started on creating a long needed modern building and it is hoped that the new courthouse will be completed in 2021.

Whatever location a Yreka mesothelioma lawsuit may ultimately be filed in, plaintiffs in Yreka mesothelioma lawsuits are often given priority for trial.  Knowing the urgent need of mesothelioma victims, many California counties where Yreka mesothelioma lawsuits may frequently be heard have departments exclusively committed to mesothelioma and other asbestos related lawsuits allowing them to be resolved as quickly as possible.

Over the last four decades, the Yreka mesothelioma law firm of Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood have recovered over $4 billion dollars injury verdicts and settlements in mesothelioma cases arising throughout California, including Yreka.



If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us immediately to speak with one of our partners. The Yreka mesothelioma lawyers at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood will bring their decades of expertise and success to your claim for mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in Yreka and environs. We can be reached 24/7.  To get a free consultation with one of our mesothelioma attorneys, please call 1-888-887-1238, fill out the form on this page or use or live chat widget.

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