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Table Bluff State Highway

Before this road was built, the stagecoach went around the bluff, but only during low tide. The passengers were asked to walk along the beach so the horses would have an easier time pulling the wagon through the sand. Today we have four lanes and zip over the bluff in minutes and no longer have the need to stay overnight before undertaking the arduous twenty-mile journey home. Most hotels in Fortuna were closed by the mid-fifties.
Years ago, an oldtimer told us that he would borrow the family car when he was courting a girl in Eureka. The car had a gravity fed gas tank, fastened to the firewall above the carburator. Some parts of this road were so steep that if the gas was low in the tank the engine would starve from lack of fuel. The resourceful lad would then back up the hill. And you thought only your son, after borrowing your car, left you just enough gas to back out of the driveway...