I “work” our layout (the Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co.) most Sundays. When on “duty” I tell visitors that I am happy to answer any questions that they might have. The questions, believe me, are many and extremely varied. A recent question was,”What happened to the very largest redwoods? – how did they get to the mill?” The questioner was VERY surprised to learn that they were blown into smaller, more manageable pieces using black powder (gunpowder). I had previously told the questioner that our layout was based on historical info and pictures which can be found in our website. I knew what was coming next- “Is there a picture of a log being blown up on the website?” The answer heretofore was “No”. Hoisted by my own petard.
This exchange engendered a big rummage through “stuff” that has yet to be blogged/added to the website. I was sure that somewhere, quite recently, I had indeed seen a photo of a log being blown up. I finally found it an Arcadia Press book by good friend Katy Tahja entitled “Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties” on page 91. Hare Creek was part of the Caspar Lumber Company’s timberlands: