Callahan, California

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Callahan, California
Unincorporated community
Callahan, California is located in California
Callahan, California
Callahan, California
Coordinates: 41°18′35″N 122°48′05″W / 41.30972°N 122.80139°W / 41.30972; -122.80139Coordinates: 41°18′35″N 122°48′05″W / 41.30972°N 122.80139°W / 41.30972; -122.80139
Country United States
State California
County Siskiyou
Elevation 3,140 ft (960 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 96014
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature ID 257834[1]

Callahan is an unincorporated community in Siskiyou County, California, United States. Callahan is located on California State Route 3 11.5 miles (18.5 km) south-southeast of Etna. Callahan has a post office with ZIP code 96014.[2] The post office opened as Callahan's Ranch in 1858 and changed its name to Callahan in 1892. The community was named after M.B. Callahan, who opened a travelers' stop[clarification needed] in the community in 1851.[3]

The Last Lynching in California[edit]

On January 6, 1947, school children at Callahan's one room schoolhouse were greeted by the body of a dead African American man, strung up from a nearby telephone pole. A calfskin was wrapped around his shoulders and he was riddled with bullet holes. The January 10, 1947 edition of the Western Sentinel newspaper carried a front page story about the lynching, identifying the man as a butcher from Weed, California. The January 12, 1947 edition of the Etna Gazette also carried the story. All copies of the newspapers were subsequently destroyed, including copies from the Siskiyou County library. The identity of those responsible for the destruction remains a mystery. It was the last known lynching in California. The crime has never been solved.[4]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Callahan has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[5]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Callahan, California
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 206. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ Kulczyk,David. (2008). California Justice: Shootouts, Lynching and Assassinations in the Golden State. Word Dancer Press. P115 ISBN 1-884995-54-3
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Callahan, California