Nope, I don’t know where it was although my suspicion is that it was somewhere between Fort Bragg and Northspur. The originals were very poor quality sepia prints. I have converted them to grayscale and enhanced them. If anyone knows owt about where it is I’d appreciate knowing.
Crowley was 32.6 miles from Fort Bragg. It was the site of a logging camp owned by a French man. He had a love of tennis and imported clay to build a tennis court. Until relatively recently the camp at Crowley was intact. It consisted of five bunkhouses, a mess hall and the foreman’s quarters. That’s all we know and heretofore NO pics. Well, this isn’t quite a pic of Crowley but it is a pic taken at Crowley.
This was the original name of the CWR (California Western Railroad). The “& NAVIGATION COMPANY” was dropped on January 1st, 1948. And, this logo went away forever – well nearly until I found a pic of it!
I have no idea where I got the page that the following text and pics came from. It is the only description of a journey from San Francisco to Willits to Duffy and then to Fort Bragg that I know of.
The picture of the Duffy Mill is new to me. In our website in the section that describes all the places along the Skunk Train Route it says:
“Mile 18.1 (from Fort Bragg)– Alpine or Alpine Junction – When Alpine was a thriving community it was the end of the line. Alpine was 12 miles north of Comptche. Stagecoaches came here from Willits via a ridge route to transport passengers. It had a population of 1,200 was said to have been larger than Fort Bragg. The town included a tavern, a school and a post office. A fire in 1919 destroyed the buildings and the town was never rebuilt.
Near Alpine there was a mill with a railroad called the Duffy Lumber Co. Duffey was located 2.25 miles east of Gracy. It was connected by a branch line to the CWR and had a mill. A post office operated at Duffey from 1904 to 1912.”
And the loco? I think it is the Willits “Express”. This 4-4-0 had 57″ drivers, was built in 1883 and weighed 115,000 pounds.
I’ve chopped the page up to make it easier to read:
I haven’t seen or read too many experiences of people taking the Skunk train particularly the ride from Willits to Northspur. This one is interesting because it tells of derailment. It appeared in the Mendocino Voice.
Here’s the link = Skunk Train Ride Article
Our web page detailing the places along the CWR’s route from Fort Bragg to Willits gives thumbnails of the history of the places along the route. The two pics below give details of all the sidings and how many cars the sidings hold.
Interesting stuff – another sliver of local history.
Pictures of these locos in operating condition can be found in our website on this page.
The Roundhouse, like the current one, was not round at all – it was/is rectangular. Don’t ask ‘cos I don’t know.
A while back I wrote a blog about Fort Bragg”s Glass Beach. Here’s what it said in part:
“When the Club built its first G Scale layout it was of a logging operation loosely based on Fort Bragg. Hank told Louis Hough (our Club’s first historian) that to get to Glass Beach you went down Elm Street and UNDER the Union Lumber Company’s Ten Mile Branch. Louis and I searched high and low for “proof” that there was indeed an underpass. The search was fruitless. So when we built the layout we built an underpass:
Relatively recently Roger Thornburn and I came into possession of Sanborn (very detailed insurance) maps of Fort Bragg. Alas and alack they do not show Elm Street. UGH!!!!!!! So, I still do not know if Hank was right. If you do know PLEASE let me know.”
Not too long ago the photo below came into my possession:
At first I thought it was the “missing link” to the Elm Street Underpass. I currently think it is a picture of the underpass at McKerricher State Park. As both underpasses went beneath the Union Lumber’s Ten Mile Branch could the Elm Street one looked like the pic above?
Anyone have any thoughts?