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Park landmark now just debris

The debris could be removed from Beachfront Park as soon as this week after the landmark fell on Saturday.
The debris could be removed from Beachfront Park as soon as this week after the landmark fell on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
City officials in the hunt for a new redwood attraction at Beachfront

The hollowed-out redwood log at Crescent City’s Beachfront Park, a city landmark for decades, collapsed Saturday.

No one was injured. The log probably collapsed from the weight of the top half resting on its rotting sides.

“It’s very unfortunate, but things like that age with time and it was time for it to go, I guess,” said City Manager Eugene Palazzo.

The redwood log weighed 60,000 pounds, was 22 feet long and was 14.5 feet in diameter on the fatter end, according to a 1968 article in the Crescent City American.

The city paid the Miller Redwood Company $900 for the giant log that has been a tourist attraction since it was moved to what was originally known as Billy Boone Park in honor of the local building contractor known for his efforts in promoting local Fourth of July festivities.    

A chunk of the log damaged a sprinkler head when it fell. The city plans to remove the log debris as soon as this week.

When the log was brought in, the location was known as Billy Boone Park.
When the log was brought in, the location was known as Billy Boone Park. Courtesy of Del Norte Historical Society
Since the theme of the Front Street improvement project is “Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea, city officials said they would be looking into other redwood-themed exhibits to replace the hollow log.

Reach Adam Spencer at aspencer@triplicate.com. 

 


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