Boy Scout tree would've made plenty of logs

By Nita Phillips July 22, 2013 04:08 pm

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

The big tree which is known as the Boy Scout Tree after the Boy Scouts blazed a trail to it, about one mile from the Robert Howland home, has been figured up and if the tree was felled and cut into lumber, it would saw out over 165,000 board feet of lumber.

The mammoth redwood is 27 feet in diameter and over 400 feet tall. The tree is on the property of the Del Norte Timber Company. 

Railroad magnates meet

On July 30, a very important railroad meeting is to be held in Portland, Ore. This meeting is in reference to the construction of a railroad from southeastern Oregon to the coast. A number of prominent railroad officials will be there and various localities will be on hand to lay stress on the feasibility of their respective routes. 

Crescent City should be represented at that meeting. The Crescent City Harbor offers the only deep-water non-bar harbor on the coast between San Francisco and Seattle, and Crescent City is the only logical point for a railroad from southeastern Oregon to come to. The natural low passes in the mountains of the Rogue River Valley, near the headwaters of the Chetco and Smith River, make the construction of a railroad from some point in the Rogue River Valley a highly feasible project.

A representative from this city must leave no later than this Saturday for Portland, to be in attendance at this important meeting to plead our cause. This is an opportunity we must not miss. 

Local news in brief

• A dance is being given in the Gensaw Hall at Requa, on Saturday evening. Music is to be furnished by Jack Crow’s Orchestra and dancing will continue from 9:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

• Tourists, and especially people from the Rogue River Valley, are feasting on razor clams taken from the beaches here. We who live here take for granted what delicacies are available in this area. 

No more treasures

J.H. Miller, from Idaho, spent the weekend on Pebble Beach. Fifteen years ago Mr. Miller found a topaz that proved to be worth nearly $400. He returned here this summer hoping to find the famous beach as it was when he knew it, but he states that it has changed considerably and he was only able to find a few small agates.

Hooked whole family

Lester Horne and L.A. Abernathy, who were fishing at the mouth of Rock Creek for a few days last week, returned home on Friday evening, each with a bag limit of beautiful trout.

When the boys started out they planned on only catching the big ones, that is to say: “the papa and mama fish,” but they succeeded in landing the whole family and brought them to Crescent City as evidence. 

Naval vessels depart

The boys of Uncle Sam’s Navy have come and gone. Their visit to Crescent City was one of the main events in connection with the third annual Land and Naval Festival, and a more gentlemanly lot of seamen never before visited this city. They were here from July 2nd to July 7th and during their stay took part in a number of social events along with wholeheartedly entering into the spirit of the Independence Day festivities.

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