Elk wasn’t always Elk. It was once called Greenwood. Duffy was once Alpine. Why the name changes? In California all towns having a post office had to have a unique name. There were two Greenwoods and Alpines hence the name changes.
When Alpine was a thriving community it was the end of the CWR (Skunk Train) route. It had a population of about 1,200 and was bigger than Fort Bragg at the time. The town included a tavern, a school and a post office. A fire in 1919 destroyed the buildings and the town was never rebuilt.
Stagecoaches came to Alpine from Willits via a ridge route and passengers alighted from Comptche (12 miles away) and Port Bragg.
Stagecoach at Duffy Depot
Stagecoach loading at Duffy
Our layout is, at heart, an attempt to show the visitor how logging took place along the Mendocino Coast in the late 1800’s through the early 1949’s. But, as Frank Davis our Chief Operating Officer will tell you, a little whimsy is VERY popular with guests. Frank provides whimsy with a pack of Minions that have descended upon the layout. Frank is continually moving our Minions tribe around – so, you just never know what you might find those despicable little yellow fiends doing. One day the Minions decided that hijacking a MOW (Maintenance of Way) yarder and a Crummy belonging to the loggers was a good idea!
Here are the boys off on their adventure.
Hijack under way ……
HOLD IT, HOLD It, HOLD IT ……… we’ve forgotten two of the guys!!!!!!
Come on – pedal to the metal – we’re being followed!!!!
Is this fun or what?????
Want to see what the boys are up to right now? Come on by our railroad……..
These pics taken by daughter Holly Phillips give you an idea.
Looking toward the North End of the Layout
The Banner at the top of this photo is the only thing left from the Club’s first aborted layout
You can see a lady taking photos. We reckon about 150 to 200 photos get taken by visitors every time we are open!
A typical day at the office!