Everyday I learn something new about the Mendocino Coast. This blog started out with a pic I found on Lynn Catlett’s “You know you’re from Mendocino if …..” Facebook page:
Bath House at the Garcia River Hot Springs
if you click on the pic you’ll see the handwriting clearly. Where were or where are the Hot Springs and if they were on the Garcia river how come they were near Point Arena? I didn’t know the answer so I started checking maps. This one shows Hot Springs reasonably well:
Hot Springs Map
In the top left corner is Point Arena and in the bottom right corner is Gualala. Route 1 is the orange line that runs from top left to bottom right. The red line shows how you get to the Hot Springs from one of the minor (black) roads.
One more old photo that I found when I was searching for a decent map:
The Hot Springs
So, if you are near Point Arena and want a hot dip ………….
The title of this blog is what it says on the photo. That is all I know. I’ve tried every search i can think of and can’t find a dickie bird more info. If anyone could help i would be VERY grateful.
Oil well rig on Oil Well Hill North of Willits Mendocino County
Until 1914, Navarro on Route 128 in Mendocino County was called Wendling (Woods) – Navarro was the name of what is now Navarro-by-the-Sea. Wendling/Navarro, is located eleven miles up river from the sea along Highway 128. Ok, so now you know where Wendling was located. If you check our website you’ll that there is precious little in there on Wendling (Woods). I did write two blogs about Wendling a while ago and another about its history – here.
This map shows where Wendling Woods aka Navarro is:
Topo Map of Navarro showing Route 128 running through it
Now for the new stuff – this pic. The road through Wendling (aka Navarro) was also where the railroad tracks ran – see below
Rockport (formerly, Cotineva) is a former settlement in an unincorporated area of Mendocino County, California. It is located 7.25 miles north-northwest of Westport. Rockport started as a small company town serving the timber industry on the Pacific Ocean coast among redwood forests in Northern California. Rockport is regarded as the southern end of the Lost Coast region; it is where State Highway 1, which runs very close along the coast for most of its length, instead turns inland before merging with U.S. Route 101 at Leggett.
The Mendocino Redwood Company now owns the Rockport mill’s forests (see map here) and in their very informative web site there is a page describing the construction of the bridge including an interview with Bernie Agrons, the last general manager of Rockport Redwood Company before it ceased mill operations in 1957. Bernie re-visited Rockport Beach in 2007 and recounted the building of the suspension bridge – click here for the link to his interview and the page on the bridge.
These are pictures I have recently collectyed of the Suspension Bridge:
Ship loading off of the island blasted flat for the Rockport Suspension Bridge
Very old grainy pic of the Rockport Suspension Bridge
View of the rail lines leading to the Rockport Suspension Bridge
Ruins of the trestles leading to the Rockport Suspension Bridge
Rockport today Suspension Bridge long gone
A century ago the population of Elk/Greenwood was 10 times as large as today’s. Schooners from the L.E. White Lumber Co. sailed regularly from San Francisco and early tourists took the 14 hour ride for $5, dinner and bunk included. The town had ten hotels each with a saloon and there five other saloons. Each of the ethnic groups which worked in the mill: Finns, Swedes, Irish, Russians and Chinese congregated in “their” saloon.
This shot was taken at one of the loading areas. The text on the photo (click to enlarge) provides the details:
A train took the logs to the Mill:
Look at the logs about to be dumped into the Elk/Greenwood Log Pond
The Mill and the town:
Great picture of the Town of Elk/Greenwood, the Mill and the Log Dump
Shipping out the lumber also required a major feat of engineering. At the end of the wharf the lumber was put on a sling and winched to ships moored offshore. The train did not go down the incline. Gravity was used and then a horse (called “Maude”) pulled the empties back up to the mill. At low tide if you clamber along the foot of the cliffs you can see the concrete remains of the footings that supported the end of the wharf.
View of the wharf at Elk/Greenwood
If you enlarge the above photo (click on it) you can see the wires going out to the waiting schooner.
Unless you are a native to the Mendocino Coast you have probably never heard of Dehaven. DeHaven is located on California State Route 1 near the Pacific coast 1.5 miles north of Westport. The name honors John J. De Haven, congressman and Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Here is a map of DeHaven’s location:
Map showing the location of DeHaven on the Mendocino Coast
There was no shipping point at DeHaven. Why? All those “x” in the sea are known rocks. This map shows its proximity to Westport which was where the DeHaven’s mills lumber was shipped from :
Map showing DeHaven and Westport on the Mendocino Coast
The website is quite informative about Dehaven – see here. There is also a blog showing a picture of DeHaven’s one and only loco in a very sad state – see here. This pic is the first I have ubcovered of the town itself:
DeHaven store and a residence
Fish Rock (formerly, Fishrock and Conways Landing) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California. It is located 4 miles northwest of Gualala. The Conways Landing post office opened in 1870, changed its name to Fish Rock in 1871, closed in 1873, re-opened in 1885, moved in 1908, and closed for good in 1910.
All the above I got from Wiki. The bottom line is it was never very big. Google did give me a link to a really neat map:
Map showing location of Fish Rock on the Mendocino Coast
So, the likelihood of finding a pic of Fish Rock is pretty small. Well, one has turned up:
Alas I have NO info of when it was taken.
The Chandelier Tree in Drive-Thru Tree Park is a 276-foot tall coast redwood tree in Leggett, California with a 6-foot wide by 6-foot-9-inch high hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through. Its base measures 16 ft diameter at breast height (chest-high). The sign claims 315 ft. high and 21 ft. wide, but a Certified Arborist experienced with tallest redwoods, using a laser rangefinder, measured the tree as 276 ft. high and 16 ft. diameter. The name “Chandelier Tree” comes from its unique limbs that resemble a chandelier. The limbs, which measure from 4 to 7 ft in diameter, begin 100 ft above the ground. The tree is believed to have been carved in the early 1930s.
These are old photos of the tree based on the vintage of the cars.
Old pictures of the Chandelier Tree in Leggett