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Train of Logs on Luffenholtz Trestle around 18904782 viewsEngine #11 - Oregon & Eureka Rail Road. Luffenholtz Creek is near Trinidad. This trestle, along with the town of Luffenholtz, burned to the ground in 1908 in a major Humboldt County forest fire. Many families lost their houses and all their possessions, barely escaping with their lives. Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library
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Canyon Creek Hike, Trinity Alps1634 viewsMike admiring the view. This hike follows Canyon Creek Trail to Lower Canyon Creek Lake in the heart of the Trinity Alps, a very long day-hike that can easily be turned into a two- or three-day adventure.
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Canyon Creek Hike, Trinity Alps1701 viewsOne guidebook (Bernstein, 1993) claims that Canyon Creek makes Yosemite look like a back alley. Both guidebook and internet authors conclude that the Canyon Creek trail is a common favorite choice if you have only one Trinity Alps trip.
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Canyon Creek Hike, Trinity Alps1715 viewsThe snow was just beginning to filter through the trees. Going in was shirt-sleeve weather but during the night the snow had started falling and it was time to hustle back to the trail head.
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Lassen National Park1767 views
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Timber Train Trestle1370 viewsNortheast of Arcata
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Tired Track1320 views
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Excelsior Redwood Company1835 viewsLumber train and camp operating out of Freshwater. This picture dates to the early 1890s.
Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library
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Aerial View of Fortuna, 19492240 views
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NWP Train at South Bay (Fields Landing), 19111238 viewsJohn Vance and Wallace Fields got into a snit and that's why there were two town names for a while.
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1907 View of Fortuna1765 viewsView above 9th and 10th Streets. The two very large buildings in the center of the photograph are the Grammar and High Schools. At the right is the Springville Mill, located on what was then called Spring Street. The lumber mill was later renamed the Fortuna Milling Company.
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Fortuna ca. 19071301 views
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Van Duzen River Bridge at Highway 36 and Highway 101 (1914)1260 viewsNote the wagon and team crossing the bridge. The Redwood Highway is now called Highway 101 and crosses in almost this exact spot today, except it's now four lanes and vehicles are travelling at 65 MPH. This was locally known as the Alton Bridge.
This county bridge, built in 1901 by the San Francisco Bridge Company, consisted of two steel Camelback truss spans with wooden trestle approaches, and carried a narrow, 16-foot roadway. By the early 1920s, the steel spans were badly corroded from the salt-laden coastal air, and the wooden deck and approach spans were rotted. It was replaced in 1924.
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Train Wreck1429 views
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Logging Locomotives1109 views
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Southern Pacific's "Daylight"1152 viewsThe "Daylight," Southern Pacific's new streamline train, which makes a daily dawn-to-dusk flight between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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NWP Fernbridge Depot1026 views
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Logging Conference1249 views
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