Mill at Rider Gulch

Ok. Hands up everyone who knows where Rider Gulch is. Hmmm Didn’t see one hand up.

Rider Gulch is not far from Westport. Go up Wages Creek and hang a right.

Topo Map showing Rider Gulch

Topo Map showing Rider Gulch

In days of old there was a mill there. Here’s the photos that show I am telling the truth.

Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Log pond at Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Log pond at Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Now before you go to the next photo look back at the map. Could the log pond be the body of water in Rider Gulch near Wages Creek?

Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Rider Mill at Rider Gulch

Until I got hold of the photos I too had never heard of Rider Gulch and I have struggled only a few yards up Wages Creek. So, if there is anyone who knows better than I please contact me.

 

 

Clare Mill – a used to be stop on the Skunk Route from Fort Bragg to Willits

What do we know about Clare Mill. Not a heck of a lot. The website tells us that Clare Mill was 30.4 miles from the Fort Bragg depot. In the early 1900’s railroad ties were made by hand here. There was also a trestle bridge here that at 600 feet long and 73 feet high was comparable to the Pudding Creek Trestle. It was replaced with an earth-filled berm in 1936. Until the Skunk line finally made it “over the hill” to Willits this was the end of the line. To get to Willits back then a passenger would board an open buckboard stage for a five hour trip (in good weather!). And, heretofore – NO pic. Well the pic I recently came across doesn’t tell us a whole lot absent acknowledging Clare mill did exist.

Clare Mill sign

Clare Mill sign

 

Garcia Mill

First a bit about the Garcia River. The Mexican-American named Garcia River is a river on the northern coast of California in southern Mendocino County. It is named for the settler Rafael Garcia who was granted ownership of the land in 1844. The river provides recreation, agricultural and industrial water supply for Point Arena. Logging in the area began in the 19th century.

I know there was a mill on the river but, heretofore, have never seen a pic of it. So, this one is as rare as hen’s teeth. Click on the pic to enlarge and read the text at the bottom.

Garcia Mill

Garcia Mill