Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, California (Images of Rail Series)

Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, California (Images of Rail Series)

by Katy M. Tahja


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Locomotive steam whistles echo no more in the forests of the north California coast. A century ago, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties had more than 40 railroads bringing logs out of the forest to mills at the water’s edge. Only one single railroad ever connected to the outside world, and it too is gone. One railroad survives as the Skunk Train in Mendocino County, and it carries tourists today instead of lumber. Redwood and tan oak bark were the two products moved by rail, and very little else was hauled other than lumberjacks and an occasional picnic excursion for loggers’ families. Economic depressions and the advent of trucking saw railroads vanish like a puff of steam from the landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738596211
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Images of Rail Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,146,906
Product dimensions: 9.26(w) x 6.38(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Historian and author Katy M. Tahja searched universities, historical societies, museums, and private collections for photographs conveying the determination and ingenuity railroaders had in constructing railways in unlikely places to haul huge logs. Early Mendocino Coast and Humboldt State University are Tahja’s earlier books for Arcadia Publishing, and she wrote Rails Across the Noyo for the Skunk Train. With her husband, she has traveled more than 20,000 miles across the United States and Canada by rail.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 "You Call That a Railroad?" 11

2 Logging Railroads of Humboldt County 33

3 Logging Railroads of Mendocino County 71

4 Northwestern Pacific Railroad and Preservation Efforts 113

Bibliography 127

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