View from the top of Three Chop Ridge – a feature being constructed on the G Scale Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Company

In the north west corner of our layout a ten foot high hill is being constructed – Three Chop Ridge. Why name the hill Three Chop Ridge? The logging operations along the Mendocino Coast began as a result of the wreck off of Point Cabrillo of the schooner Frolic en route from China to San Francisco in 1850. The remains of the Frolic were discovered after an archaeological dig on Three Chop Ridge at a Pomo village unearthed Chinese pottery and silk. Detective work connected the finds to the Frolic. Our layout has a diorama of Point Cabrillo. Building Three Chop enables us to depict the history of the Pomo who spent time each year at Point Cabrillo and on Three Chop Ridge.

Here’s Mike Aplet taking a break from constructing Three Chop Ridge:

Mike Aplet resting whilst building a model Three Chop Ridg

Mike Aplet resting whilst building Three Chop Ridge

Three Chop Ridge will be over ten foot high (250 scale feet) when complete. As Mike was way upon high he was asked to take some pics of the layout as the Pomo might have seen it.

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #2

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #2

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #3

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #3

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #4

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #4

Three Chop Ridge from the grounf

Three Chop Ridge from the grounf