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Pages of History: Early days of Front St. are recalled

From the pages of the Crescent City American, December of 1928.

The improvement on Front Street, the contract having been recently let, reminds oldtimers of its condition years ago.

For a number of years, a great portion of Front Street was impassable for vehicles. From G to J streets, eastward, was open for traffic. At the corner of Front and G streets the driveway was only about 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. Later a bulkhead was built from D to K streets, which prevented heavy seas entering business houses. 

The street from K to D was finally filled with rock and dirt, which made a fairly good driveway, and now it is to be greatly improved from D eastward to N street, connecting with the Redwood Highway.

In the early days Front Street was the principal business section, starting at C Street and ending in swamps between D and E and F and G, it became the main line of traffic and business houses opened. 

For many years there was no wharf here and freight was landed, in barges, on the beach at the foot of E street, and taken to warehouses where freight wagons and pack trains were loaded for interior points, as far inland as Jacksonville, Ore, and Yreka, Calif.

Since the Redwood and Roosevelt highways have been built, over which hundreds of tourists travel, Crescent City is becoming quite a resort, and the improving of Front Street will be enjoyed by them. There is a wonderful beach here, extending southerly about five miles, and during the summer months many people bath in the smooth waters. 

Golf course progressing

The new golf course at Gasquet, under construction by Messrs. Nelson and Stoltz, is progressing nicely. Several greens have been laid out and considerable clearing of the land has been done.

Sunday afternoon quite a number of Crescent City people were out on the course, trying it out, and all report that it will be a splendid course when completed. 

Money for local harbor

Big daily newspapers carried the report this week that Congress had set aside $548,207 as Crescent City’s allotment for the maintenance and construction of Crescent City’s sea wall, forming the harbor here.

This amount has been recommended some time previously but not until this session of Congress was the money actually certain and Crescent City people are jubilant over the fact that the money is now assured.

This money is to be divided up over a period of two years. With the added allotment by Congress, the work should go ahead without interruption for the next two years at least, at which time more money will be forthcoming. 

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