Arcadia Publishing, 2013. Trade Paperback. Item #338015
127 pages. Images of Rail series. Forty different railroads operated in Northwestern California, mostly hauling logs and other timber products from the mills and forests to the various ports on the coast. Until the Northwestern Pacific opened, in 1914, none of the railroads connected the region to the outside world. Illustrated with photographs from public and private collections. Very good paperback copy.
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.