Game Wardens and Ghost Towns

Photo of Wally Callan on Newville Hotel porch

Game Wardens and Ghost Towns

Photo of Wally Callan on Newville Hotel porchWhile working on a sequel to Badges, Bears, and Eagles, I recently returned to my old stomping grounds near Orland, California, and the ghost town of Newville. Located twenty-two miles west of Orland, Newville thrived from the early 1850s until 1929, when all but a few buildings burned to the ground. During its heyday, Newville boasted a general store, two livery stables, two saloons, a blacksmith shop, two hotels, a post office, and at least one service station. I mention the service station because as of this week, it remains the only building left standing.

Fifty years ago, I photographed my father standing on the porch of what we believed to be the Newville Hotel. That building no longer exists.

So what does this old ghost town have to do with game wardens and wildlife outlaws? I guess you’ll have to wait for the new book to find out. Meanwhile, I invite anyone familiar with this fascinating page out of Glenn County’s history to share what you know, either by leaving a comment or contacting me via the contact form on my blog. I’d love to hear from you!

Photo (circa 1965) by Steven T. Callan.  Pictured is the author’s father, Wallace Callan, at what is believed to be the former Newville Hotel.     

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    Charlotte Simpson Thurman
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    My Great Great Grandparents. Noah Simpson homesteaded the area known as Fruto in the 1850`s.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm
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        Charlotte Simpson Thurman
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        Yes, it bordered both of the Simpson ranches. Noah lived on the Wedt Side Hid son Ziba built the house on the East side. All of my dads brotherd went to the Floyd school.

        January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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      tammy flagor
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      i am the great grand daughter of lester noah simpson. how are noah and lester related? (lesters daughter olive was my grandma and jean is her daughter which is my mom.

      July 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    diana hoffman ruff
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    this is where sam grew up the homestead is right across the creek from where ur dad is standing if u fly over that area u can still see the horse racing track we stll have some of the books from the school that was right next to the ruff ranch

    January 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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        Mary Ruff Hayes
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        Yes, Francis was our father (Allyene, Allen, Mary & Sam). The building your dad is standing in front of does look like the old hotel from what I remember.

        January 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    tim pennel
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    No extra info but love thepicture!

    January 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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    Sandra Lobsien
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    My husband would like to know if your fathers name was Wally? He thinks he knew him

    January 4, 2014 at 8:51 am
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    Steve
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    I’ve ridden my motorcycle out Newville road a number of times, and have stopped and photographed the cemetery. But I’ve never been able to tell where Newville itself was located? If you could tell where the service station is relative to the cemetery, I would appreciate it.
    This photo is the only one that comes up on Google when searching for Newville that is actually a photo of Newville.

    August 18, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    tammy flagor
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    if I would have read further I would have figured it out that noah is lesters grandfather. so noah would be my great-great-great grandfather.

    July 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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