I love old maps. I had a great time poring over this one. Dating it needed a bit of sleuthing and it had other, new to me info, on the railroads along the Mendocino Coast.
The Ten Mile Branch of the California Western Railway/Union Lumber Company wasn’t opened until 1917 – see here. So, when you look at the old map below first look at the Ten Mile Branch running north out of Fort Bragg. (Click on it and you’ll see it full size).
Map of Fort Bragg and vicinity railways circa 1925
Notice that when the railway gets to Ten Mile River it turns inland. One branch goes to Clark Fork Landing and the other goes to Camp 6. Ultimately there were 42 camps along the Ten Mile River and its tributaries. If the Ten Mile Branch didn’t get to Camp 1 till 1917 I am guessing that was not till around 1925 that it reached Camp 6.
The next thing that caught my eye was the route taken by the Glen Blair railroad. The switch to the Glen Blair Branch still exists just before Tunnel #1 three miles or so from the CWR’s Fort Bragg depot. I did not know that you could access Glen Blair from Highway 1 – I assume that the road shown on the map is Little Valley Road.
Next item of interest is along the Caspar Railroad. Follow the railroad all the way to the end and you’ll see the place name “Dunlap” – which was new to me. Given its proximity to Camp 19 – see notation just to the left of Dunlap – I am guessing it may be what I refer to as Camp 20.
Great fun this stuff. Now look below Willits. Can you see “Baechtel” which I am pretty sure was a logging outfit out of Ukiah, But, but, what was the “Cable Log Ry” at the end of the Baechtel road? I have neither heard of it or seen pictures. If anyone has any info please pass it on to me. I am intrigued.
Last, but not least. North out of Willits are two railroad lines – one extant – the NWP (Northwestern Pacific) and the other, abandoned, went to Sherwood. In our page about the owner of the NWP you can read that the town now known as Brooktrails was formerly Northwestern and the site of the Diamond D mill. The map shows the abandoned line turning west out of Sherwood heading close to where the CWR/Union Lumber Company’s last Camp was located. I had no idea how far the Sherwood line extended west.
Now, don’t forget I am an accountant and came to live here in Fort Bragg in 2000. I am not an “old-time logger” and am very happy to be corrected.
Where did I get the map from. I don’t know – it was loose inside an old book on logging railroads I bought from Amazon. I suspect that it was part of a Western Railroader. If anyone recognizes the map and knows of the source, again I’d be delighted to know.