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Eureka: 1925

Eureka: 1925

Circa 1925. "Man pointing at California State Automobile Association signage; woman with pennant reading BOOST THE REDWOOD HIGHWAY." A souvenir from the early days of motoring, when signage was a do-it-yourself affair, with routes marked and mapped by automobile clubs. 6½x8½ inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

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Oh Lord,

The styles! It's a wonder any children were born in the 1920s.

Hasn't changed much

This would be at or near the intersection of Bell Springs Road and current US 101 (Redwood Highway) about ten miles north of Laytonville. The area is still as bucolic as it appears in the picture -- Bell Springs Road is a twisty, graded gravel road, its routing likely unchanged since this picture was taken, and 101 is mostly two-lane road into and through Laytonville.

A Family Connection

My mother worked her way through San Jose State Teachers College by waiting table at a Redwood Highway resort called Lane's Redwood Flats, and after graduation taught school in Willits. One of these days I'll have to get off my duff and scan in some of the pictures from her album.

Garberville, not just 39

but 39 and 5/10 miles.

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