One of first cars in Del Norte owned by Dr. Fine

June 27, 2007 11:00 pm
Dr. Ernest Fine acquired one of the first automobiles in Del Norte County in 1905. It was a one-seat Ford roadster. It was painted bright red and was powered by a four-cylinder engine. (Photo submitted by The Del Norte County Historical Society).
Dr. Ernest Fine acquired one of the first automobiles in Del Norte County in 1905. It was a one-seat Ford roadster. It was painted bright red and was powered by a four-cylinder engine. (Photo submitted by The Del Norte County Historical Society).

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In 1905, Dr. Ernest Fine got one of the first cars in Del Norte County, according to "Images of America: Crescent City and Del Norte County."

The red, one-seat Ford roadster carried a four-cylinder engine.

Other types, referred to as horseless carriages, showed up in Eureka, Arcata, Ferndale and other Northcoast spots around the same time. The first in Humboldt County was a Michigan, according to a Fortuna history Web site.

A lumber mill owner drove one into Healdsburg in Sonoma County in 1900, after buying the four-horsepower Stanley for nearly $1,000 in San Francisco, according to the www.ourhealdsburg.com that documents that city's past.

That site recounts commuting trouble over the region's mountainous roads, the parking problems in the center of town a few years later and the eventual construction of the Redwood Highway that would lead travelers north.