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Boles Fire Update: The BBCRC has not been impacted by the fire that started near downtown Weed on September 15. Fortunately for BBCRC, prevailing winds are from the southeast, blowing the fire away fire away from BBCRC. Sadly, the fire has destroyed over 100 structures in downtown and north Weed, including homes of friends of BBCRC. We appreciate the concern and well wishes from everyone who has contacted us, and our thoughts are with everyone in Weed who has lost their home or their job due to the fire.

A number of relief and fundraising efforts are underway to help the people and local institutions that were impacted by the fire. For anyone from outside of town interested in contributing financially to this effort, the BBCRC can channel donations to appropriate initiatives. If you would like to do this you can go to our Helping Out page and contribute via our Pay Pal account — just note that the contribution is for the fire in Weed. We can also accept checks made out to the BBCRC that are designated for the fire. We will contribute 100% of donations received to fire relief and rebuilding efforts.

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-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.