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Pages of History: County gives nod to dam on Klamath

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1959.

The county Board of Supervisors, which a week earlier had sent a wire to the California Fish and Game Commission asking that it refrain at this time from approving a proposed Calif­ornia-Oregon Power Co. dam on the Klamath River, reversed its stand Monday.

Supervisor Harold Del Ponte was authorized to communicate with the commission to state that further investigation has revealed that plans for the dam are not objectionable.

Larry Myers of Klamath, who had appeared before the board to ask that the commission be wired the disapproving message, told Del Ponte that upon being given the full facts, he was convinced that plans of the company would not destroy the fish spawning grounds of the famous river as had formerly been feared.

Del Norte’s Monuments

Although history-rich Del Norte County keeps an ever-watchful eye toward the future, citizens here are well aware that the heritage of the past must be remembered as well.

Not too many years have passed since the county was part of Northern California’s vast wilderness. Much of the territory remains un­changed. Where changes have taken place and shaped the destiny of the present and the future, fitting reminders of a colorful past have been created.

Each towering redwood tree is a living monument to nature’s mysterious craftsmanship. Here, in Del Norte, visitors will find modern highways winding through gigantic trees. One of the most delightful drives includes a visit to the Stout Memorial Tree and Grove where stands the mammoth 340-foot high Stout Tree. Sixteen miles south of Del Norte County on Highway 101 is the largest redwood tree in the world, the General Custer.

Man-made monuments in Del Norte include the tetrapods, used as a base foundation for jetty construction in the harbor. One of these concrete giants stands as a monument to man’s ingenuity at the southern intersection of the Crescent City highway couplet.  Another marker recalls a tragedy, the sinking of the Emidio by a Japanese submarine shortly after the outbreak of WW II. Few people realize today that actual warfare occurred just a few miles off the Pacific coastline. A huge steel plate from the ship is enshrined in the monument.

We hope you take your children and friends to visit these monuments this summer. It promises to be a memorable occasion, one that will be remembered for years to come.

Boat ban on duck lakes

The Board of Supervisors adopted a motion asking that District Attorney Chris A. Degnan draw up a proposed ordinance prohibiting motor-boating on Lake Earl and Lake Talawa during duck hunting season.

Action of the board was taken when no protests were made at the hearing. Game Warden Don Gastineau attended as a spectator only. Residents of the area had previously petitioned for the ordinance on the grounds that motorboats were frightening the ducks and ruining the lakes for hunting purposes.

 


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