Black Butte Center
for Railroad Culture
outdoor mural
mural artwork by Deuce 7
Events / News
Helping / Visits
Solar Power
Depot / Yard
Ecology / Forestry
Land History
Library / Art
RR Tattoos
Water Tank

July 15 - Help Black Butte Go Solar! This month we launched our new Solar Power for Black Butte project! We are working to convert to 100% solar power this year for all the rail cars, our office, our shop and outdoor kitchen! We are building mounts for a big solar array out behind the boxcars and will be ordering panels and all the related materials over the next few months and getting it all hooked up as funds become available. To accomplish this really ambitious project we need the help of many friends and supporters. Please check out our online fundraising campaign and consider helping us out with a donation! Note that you do not have to pay the suggested administrative fee to Generosity and also that we have a bunch of perks available for contributors. Thanks!

The Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture (BBCRC) preserves and promotes railroad culture by documenting and furthering the art, music, literature, community, and work of those who, historically and in modern times, travel or work on the railroads of North America. We are interested in railroad infrastructure, history, and operations, but also the human side of railroading. Several of our key supporters and board members are rail workers. We combine our core focus on railroad culture with inclusive community-building, local ecological conservation, sustainable food cultivation, and habitat restoration. The BBCRC has a nationwide constituency but also has close links to local institutions and people in and around Siskiyou County.

The BBCRC is based at Black Butte, a small rail junction on the outskirts of Weed, CA adjacent to the Union Pacific (former Southern Pacific) mainline at Milepost 345. The ex-Southern Pacific "Siskiyou Line", now operated by the Central Oregon and Pacific RR, diverges from the UP mainline at a wye just at the north end of our site. Across the tracks is the Black Butte water tank, a historic 1926 steam-era structure. We are located right at the base of Mt. Shasta, a 14,162' volcano, and just two miles from the trailhead for the 6325' high Black Butte plug-dome volcano. Our site includes a large compound as well as adjacent forest and wetland areas.

Since its establishment in 2007-8, the BBCRC has developed a library/info shop resource center, a creative arts gallery and work space, and an increasingly popular music performance spot in two historic 1920's-era boxcars. Three cabooses are also on the site. Ecological restoration work is ongoing. We host regular art, music, and other shows as well as other rail-oriented gatherings. For more info on the BBCRC and our specific projects click on the links at left.

Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture
an all volunteer-run 501c3 non-profit corporation
800 Black Butte Rd. Weed, California 96094 (530)938-3856