October at the Dunsmuir Museum


The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society opened the Dunsmuir Museum, adjacent to the Amtrak Depot, October 1st and October 15th.  The Museum was also open October 8th for the town’s ArtWalk event. 

During the October 15th opening, Lois Dewey drew the winning tickets for the Depot Society’s Annual Ticket Drawing: Rhian Morris of Dunsmuir won the “CHERRIES” quilt and M. Van Cleve of New Mexico won the “TRAINS IN THE CANYON” quilt. Thanks to all who participated in the drawing! The funds will help with the maintenance of the Amtrak Depot (the only Siskiyou County stop) and the Dunsmuir Museum. 

The Dunsmuir Museum is closed for the winter months.  Many thanks to our Depot Society members who have given of their time to open the Museum the 1st and 3rd Saturdays and town events this year: Hank Billings, Hazel Billings, June & Neil Chichizola, Jan Connelly, Jerry Harmon, Gene Lachawicz, Billie Mathes, Stacy & Blake Michaelsen, Marie Nagle, John Signor, Carol Skalko, Phyllis Skalko, and Rick Somers.  Please email the Depot Society should you wish to volunteer at the Museum next year.

 Have a great winter, and see you at the Dunsmuir Museum April 2017!




OCTOBER 15*, 2016 

1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

Siskiyou Arts Museum
Lower Level
5824 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir CA 96025

Making Pie is as…Well, Easy as Pie!


*The “Pie Lady” will also open a class on October 22nd if enough people are interested. Contact Phyllis Skalko at (530) 235-0839.


Nothing better than homemade crust!

Pie making is a skill every cook should master, especially with the holidays coming up. A perfect pie is something that just about every baker wants to be able to put together. Pie is a great dish with an unbeatable combination of flaky dough and rich filling – whether you’re making luscious fruit pies or hearty savory pies.

Sign up for Pie Class and leave with the know-how to make pies for your family and friends all season long.

Three hour session includes hands-on instruction from the “Pie Lady,” Phyllis Skalko, a recipe with tips, pre-measured ingredients with all the tools you will need and a vintage glass pie pan. There is time for personal discussion, and at the end of class we will enjoy a slice of apple pie made by two of our finest Dunsmuir pie makers: Vonnie Carr and Irene Wilson.

We will demystify the art of making dough, help you become a whiz at rolling out the crusts, and you will leave with your confidence so buoyed you will never, ever buy that pre-made stuff from the store again!   Remember, pie is not about perfection! Pie should look homemade. So let’s just go for it and have fun.

The class is limited to 10 students so that you will get lots of personal instruction from our Pie Class Team.

Class fee is $40 and includes all pie making materials, including a vintage glass pie plate for you to keep and you will go home with your very own APPLE PIE ready to bake.

Call the “Pie Lady”, Phyllis Skalko at (530) 235-0839 to register.

With only 10 spots, the class will fill quickly!

Or you can mail your registration fee of $40 to:
Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society c/o Phyllis Skalko,
406 S 2nd Street
Dunsmuir, CA 96025. 
Please include your Name, address and phone number.
Registration confirmation card will be mailed to you by return mail.

P.S.   White tee shirts with Pie Class Logo and handmade coordinating aprons by Mimi’s Cottage and will be available for purchase at $15 each.

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Artwork designed by

Dizzy Debbie

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Apron by Mimi’s Cottage


Thanks to our volunteers for a great RR Days!



Our Saturday Volunteers

We are happy to report that the Dunsmuir Depot was busy during RR Days! Many thanks to our volunteers for making it possible for our Museum and Display Room to be open for visitors during our town’s heritage weekend celebration.

Over 250 people visited, the furthest being from Florida and Mexico City. Some visitors were long-time Dunsmuir residents returning to their hometown to share their history with us.

See the gallery below for more pictures from the event. Thanks to Rick Somers for his photography!

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Celebrating RR Days: Special Exhibit

RR Days T-Shirts Display at Dunsmuir Museum

The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society will open the Dunsmuir Museum and its Railroad Display Room during Dunsmuir’s RAILROAD DAYS: June 10th 1-4 pmJune 11th 10 am -4 pm and June 12th 1-4 pm.  The Museum and Display Room are located adjacent to the Dunsmuir Amtrak Depot (the only Siskiyou County stop) on Sacramento Avenue.

A special exhibit of over 30 Railroad Days T- Shirts, 1978 through 2016, and 53 Railroad Days buttons, from 1942 – 2015, are currently displayed in the museum. A couple of folks donated three T-shirts! The Dunsmuir Museum needs 1975-1977, 1985, 1987, 2004 and 2008-2011 shirts to complete the display and archives. If you have one of these shirts, please consider donating it to preserve Dunsmuir’s RR Day history.

Also be sure to see the Elinore Van Fossen Harrison Native American Basket Collection during your visit. These 35 baskets are unique to many local Native Americans.

All aboard for 2016’s Railroad Days! See you at the station!


Pie Social at the Dunsmuir Depot May 28th



The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society will hold its 8th Annual Pie Social at the Amtrak Depot on Sacramento Avenue during Dogwood Daze on May 28th! Pies, pies and more pies will be sold beginning at 10 AM and continue until the pies are sold out.

Last year, 85 wonderful pie bakers baked and donated more than 170 pies! They received a Pie Makers Ribbon in appreciation for their pies, along with the Depot Society’s many thanks.

Pies will be $3 a slice or $20 for a whole pie. Folks can “build a pie” by selecting 6 different kinds of pie slices to make up a whole pie for $25.

Folks with pets are asked not to bring their pets into the pie area.

If you would like to donate your favorite pie(s) this year, please call Phyllis Skalko, the Pie Lady, at (530) 235-0839.

Proceeds will support the continued maintenance of Dunsmuir’s Amtrak Depot, Siskiyou County’s only Amtrak stop, and the Dunsmuir Museum. Come celebrate our historic town with some pie at our biggest fundraiser of the year!