Rio Dell-In the Heart of the Redwoods

August 30, 2014

Source: HSU, Special Collections

Some towns change a lot over the years. Rio Dell, not so much.

Hell on Wheels isn’t better than this…

August 28, 2014

So lately I’ve been watching a show on Netflix called Hell on Wheels, an AMC series about the building of the transcontinental railroad . I notice the hats sported by the characters on the show are the same as the ones worn by long-ago guests of the Pioneer Hotel – once located at Requa on the banks of the Klamath River. And they wear the same serious expressions.

The wild west was here too and I like that…



HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

Pacific Lumber Company-“World’s Largest Redwood Mill”

August 23, 2014
Source HSU Special Collection

Source HSU Special Collection (2012.02.0008)

I am guessing from the vehicles that this was taken in the 1940s–but I’m still studying up on my old cars so any help would be appreciated.



Scotia, c. 1888

August 20, 2014

Please keep clicking on the photo to enlarge.  Really.  The photo has some pretty great details for those of us who like this sort of thing.


County of Humboldt Collection

Samoa Cookhouse, c. 1906

August 17, 2014

Yes, this is just a great photo,  but are those dunes reflected in the window panes behind the subjects? I believe the Inside Sports Gym is located there now…?

The three on the left have such similar hair I’d guess this is a family (and I think the guy on the right has a proud-dad look).



Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection

On the back of the photo it says, “Return to E. McCormick Rio Dell” –I’m guessing this refers to Evelyn McCormick, a well known local historian.

Bayside Lumber Co. 1905

August 14, 2014

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection

Please enjoy more Bayside, Indianola and Walker’s Point history  in this 1949 Humbodlt Times Article

HERE is the quarry mentioned in the article

And the Railroad  and Store.

Rio Dell/Scotia Bridge 1917

August 10, 2014

How a girl from Rio Dell could have waited so long to post this photo, I have no idea.


County of Humboldt Collection

If I’m understanding the caption right (and I think I recognize the typography). we are on Wildwood Avenue in Rio Dell looking south toward Scotia.  If you enlarge you’ll see two guys on the right-working on the bridge, maybe?

“New” 101 Bridge North of Eureka

August 9, 2014

This photo was taken in 1956. I’m thinking maybe we just had the structure on the left w/ 2 way traffic and they built the new one to divide the highway…? There’s got to be folks around who remember…

Bridge Construction, North of Eureka, CA

County of Humboldt Collection, Hwy 101, North of Eureka

Logging Camp on the Scotia Bluffs

August 7, 2014

Please do click to enlarge so you can see the detail. And if you’re interested in the bluffs, you can check out this post as well:



Not a Public Restroom

August 4, 2014

Begs a question we likely don’t want answered, doesn’t it?


Saw this while wandering gold rush country in the Sierra Foothills.