From the pages of the Crescent City American, December 1928.
The improvements on Front Street, the contract having been recently let, reminds old-timers of its condition years ago. During the the winter of 1861-1862, the waterways carried a large amount of drift, the water cutting the river banks and uprooting trees and brush, many redwood trees 10 and 12 feet at the butts, and several hundred long, lodging on the beaches north of the Klamath.
The Crescent City beach was gradually worked up into firewood, posts, etc. There are yet many redwood stumps along the beach.
For a number of years a great portion of Front Street was impassable for vehicles. From G to J streets, eastward of Front and G streets, the driveway was only 12 feet wide with a bank six or eight feet, the ocean coming up to it. From G to D streets, westward, the ocean had encroached many feet inland.