We live five odd miles to the north of Fort Bragg on Route 1. Route 1 is an old road and was NOT designed for the traffic that now uses it. If, like me, you need to take Route 1 to get into town (Fort Bragg) it’s dollars to donuts that your going to have an 18 wheeler up your rear end urging you to go faster and/or being buffeted by logging trucks going past one in the opposite direction. The logging trucks rip out the studs in the middle of the road and make copious holes which get repaired in a way that they reappear within days of being fixed. The only good news is that after vigorous protests from folks like me the speed limit on the stretch of Route 1 that I travel has been limited to 45 mph. So much for my bleat.
This blog is substantially about the logging that took place along the Mendocino Coast from its beginning. Logging trucks supplanted the railroads that existed connecting the mills to the places where the trees were harvested. “Hot logging” was much cheaper and more flexible than using railroads. So, as soon as trucks were made that were capable of working in the woods they were utilised as these photos attest. Alas, these photos are not from the Mendocino Coast but are, I believe, atypical of what were used here of which photos are yet to come across my radar.
[Click on any photo to see a gallery of the pics.]