From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1969.
Sept. 6 was a momentous day for members of the Smith River Kiwanis Club and local residents, as earth-moving began on the first pond of the proposed fish hatchery.
Although the hatchery has been in the talking and planning stage for over a year, actual basic work has only just begun. The chairman of the hatchery program, Art Lawn, has spent many hours with officials in setting up plans for the erecting of the necessary buildings, troughs and ponds.
The first pond will be 50 feet long, 50 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but will only be filled with seven feet of water and is circulated counter-clockwise. This will give the fish the effect of being in the motion of swimming at all times. A fish ladder is also part of the first construction.
Plans are under way to erect signs showing the gifts of time, money and equipment from residents and businesses of both Smith River and Crescent City that have made this hatchery project possible in such a short period of time.