Arcadia Publishing, 2015. Trade Paperback. Item #286235
127 pages. Images of America series. A photo history of the historic redwood logging towns in Humboldt County, California. Scotia was a company town for Pacific Lumber (Palco). Rio Dell, a small, incorporated city directly across the Eel River from Scotia, provided the vice--saloons, as well as illegal establishments--not sanctioned by Palco. Written by the director of the Humboldt County Historical Society and a native of Rio Dell. A new copy.
On the banks of the Eel River, amongst Northern California's towering redwood forests, lie the towns of Scotia and Rio Dell. Their histories inseparably intertwined, these two towns formed a larger community supporting the needs of local settlers and industry. Scotia, constructed by the Pacific Lumber Company in the 1880s, stands as a pristine example of the once-prevalent company town in America. The small farming community of Rio Dell flourished along with its sister city and grew to accommodate the needs of an expanding workforce in Humboldt's redwood lumber industry. Where Scotia was orderly and tightly controlled by Pacific Lumber Co. management, Rio Dell developed a reputation for its remote setting, rowdy lumbermen, and bootlegged whiskey.