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Old stage road’s 100th anniversary

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1958.

The opening of the wagon stage road from Crescent City to Jacksonville 100 years ago will be observed on Aug. 23 by the Del Norte Historical Society. On that date the mail will again be carried over the route with the cooperation of the Post Office Department and the postmasters of O’Brien and Crescent City. 

The observance, which is being planned by the Del Norte Historical Society, will be a part of the national observance of the extension of postal service to California. The Overland Mails Centennial is a part of this observance. 

It is planned to have a Jeep take the mail from O’Brien and travel over the old route to a point on the Smith River where the vehicle will be met by a team and wagon. The mail sacks will be transferred to the horse-drawn vehicle which will make its way, following the old route, to the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Ceremonies arranged by the historical society will take place there, and the mail will then go on to the post office here. 



A.E. Williams, who was one of the mail carriers over the old route, and John Valen of Kerby will be among the guests at the O’Brien post office on the morning of Aug. 23.

Ten Mile Hill creeper lanes

District Engineer Sam Helwer today announced that bids will be opened Aug. 6 for the construction of slow-moving vehicles or “creeper’s lanes,” on the steep grades over “Ten Mile Hill,” south of Crescent City.

Family Shoe Store

Canvas oxfords, red and navy: 98 cents

Flats: $5.88, $3.88, $2.88

Box’s Oxfords, sizes 2–6: $4.88 and $5.88

Boy pulled from river

If medals for heroism are to be passed out in the near future, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Rump of Crescent City have a candidate, Larry Sharp, 22.

It was Sharp who, hearing a cry for help, dove into the racing waters of the Smith River at Hiouchi on Friday and pulled Richard Rump, 12, to shore and safety after he had disappeared beneath the water. 

Name change denied

A petition to change the name of Pebble Beach Drive, which was submitted to the board Monday by residents of that street, was denied.

The board stated they were delaying the petition because the planning commission has scheduled a public hearing on the renaming of public streets in Del Norte for Sept. 23 of this year.

Lots of bull is just that!

It was a lot of bull. That’s what Crescent City’s Edward August probably was thinking after he collided with a 650-pound bull elk at the entrance of Prairie Creek Redwood State Park on Highway 101 Monday morning as he was on his way to work.

August said the elk leaped the fence and came toward his car like a bullet. 

“He almost climbed in with me,” August explained. 


Largest barge arrives

One of the largest barges in the world, Barge 539, belonging to the Upper Columbia River Towing Company, arrived in Crescent City Harbor late yesterday. 

The barge is 299 feet long, 73 feet wide overall and has a hull depth of 21 feet. 

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