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Pages of History: Highway 101 relocation considered

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

The California Highway Commission announced today that it is taking under consideration relocating about eight miles of U.S. Highway 101 (the Redwood Highway) in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

State Highway Engineer G.T. McCoy has recommended a route which would extend from the vicinity of Prairie Creek Redwood State Park south of the Humboldt–Del Norte County line 0.06 miles south of Minot Creek in Del Norte County.


McCoy told the commission that of possible alternate routes, the recommended route would be the shortest and most direct, would best serve local communities and is the most feasible from standpoint of construction and maintenance. 

Fowl count hits record high

A new record high 6,655,000 ducks, geese, swans and coots wintering in California was recorded by state and federal workers who have completed their annual survey of the state except for a separate brant count along the coast. 

The tally is 29 percent higher than last year’s count and is slightly above the high count of 6,347,000 recorded in 1956.

Redwood used in Antarctic

Redwood beams shipped from Northern California have performed lifesaving duties for the scientific weather observation teams of the Antarctic, according to Redwood News, published by the California Redwood Association. 

Twenty-foot redwood 4x4 beams were used by the Navy to support crevassed detector electrodes in packing a safe trail across miles of ice to Byrd Station base for International Geophysical Year scientists studying weather conditions.

“Redwood was selected because of its light weight, freedom from defects, and high internal viscosity which discourages destructive vibrations,” the sounding device’s designers said. 

Marines in Philippines

Cliff L. Reid, hospital corpsman third class, USN, son of Mrs. Marie Lacey of Crescent City and Marine Pfc. John D. Joesing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Reneau of Crescent City, are participating in an air, sea and land exercise with the 3rd Marine Division in the Philippines during March. 

Bar-O-News by Patrick McGarity

Mr. and Mrs. Coe, who have been supervisors at Bar-O-Ranch for the past year, left recently for their home in San Jacinto.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hunt returned from San Francisco, where they attended to camp business.

Three new boys have arrived at camp, two from Klamath and one from Chico. Present population of the camp is now 23 boys. 

Oregon Tunnel meeting called

A tunnel through Oregon Mountain to expedite transportation of merchandise, produce, timber, minerals and tourist traffic, may soon be feasible according to Maris Ward, General Chairman of the Oregon Mountain tunnel committee.

Chairman Ward has announced a public meeting to be held at the Del Norte county fairgrounds exposition on the night of April 11 to discuss the proposed tunnel.

Senator Randolph Collier, chairman of the joint interim committee on highway problems, will present plans, charts and maps at that time.

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