Arcadia Publishing, 2017. Trade Paperback. Item #278664
127 pages. Images of America series. The Lost Coast is the undeveloped stretch of 80 miles of shoreline in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties, with little or no road access. Before 1930s, small fishing and timber settlements dotted the landscape, but most have been abandoned. This survey of photographs of the region is the first to document its history in a significant way.
The Lost Coast is one of the last undeveloped stretches of the California coastline, with mountains that rise thousands of feet from the sea. Located approximately 200 miles north of San Francisco, this remote area of pristine beauty is comprised of jagged cliffs, rocky shorelines, and black sand beaches. It is the only significant stretch of California without a highway. Rich in natural resources, the area was once a haven for Native Americans such as the Coast Yuki, Sinkyone, Mattole, and the Wiyot. Now it is a secluded landscape with a few isolated towns surrounded by conservation areas. The famed Lost Coast Trail begins in northern Mendocino County in the Sinkyone Wilderness and continues up into Humboldt County and the King Range National Conservation Area. During the 1800s, the Lost Coast bustled with logging settlements and mill towns. After logging wound down, those towns disappeared, and only remnants of their existence remain. From Westport north to Ferndale, this book showcases historical photographs from libraries, historical societies, and residents.