I talked to Bill Rich yesterday, and the folks at HSU are getting ready to start digging at the historic town site of Falk.
In it’s heyday, Falk was a company mill town in the Elk River Valley with over 400 residents. Unfortunately a drop in lumber demand in the late 1930s forced the mill’s closing and by the 1950s, the town was deserted (ish). Squatters were living in the abandoned buildings and treasure seekers were looting the site. These problems and concerns over legal liability prompted property owner Sierra Pacific Lumber Co to demolish the town in 1979.
In 1999, the Headwaters deal came through, and the Bureau of Land Management took over the area. The BLM wants to use the townsite as an educational area with self-guided, and possibly guided, tours. Careful excavation of certain buildings and areas will help folks learn more about how people lived in this isolated 19th century mill town and volunteers are welcome to help .
The crew will be working mostly Fridays and weekends so that they can get as many folks involved as possible and will focus on the dancehall and a small bachelor’s cabin site.
Call Jamie Roscoe or Bill Rich at the HSU Cultural Resources Facility at (707) 826-5247 for more info or to sign up. You can also call Dave Johnson, archaeologist at the Arcata BLM at (707) 825-2320 for more info.