Webmaster Roger Thornburn and I chose the Mill Valley Drive Mill at Cleone (which in the good old days was named Laguna) as the subject of our second YouTube Video. Cleone is about 5 miles north of Fort Bragg.
Why are we making videos? There is no museum from Gualala to Rockport that you can go to to get “the story” of the Redwood Empire’s logging history. When we had our previous layout we spent many, many hours telling and repeating and repeating the history of the logging operations along the Mendocino Coast. Out of frustration we tried to produce a book. This didn’t work because we kept getting new/more information and revisions and printing were a costly pain. Our book is now our website. It is extensible and it has enabled us to expand and add/delete new information as we have found/received it. To complete our “virtual” museum we are using YouTube to add mini lectures to bring to life the material in the website. Hopefully, together, the videos and the website will become a virtual museum for the Redwood Empire along the Mendocino Coast.