Near Garberville in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Paving the Way
Brother, can you spare a ride?
Public and private interests raced to be the first to connect Humboldt County to San Francisco. In 1914 the Northwest Pacific Railroad celebrated the completion of their line with a golden spike ceremony.
Construction of Highway 101 took much longer. State funding was spotty and graveling and paving the new "all year" highways was slowed by severe weather and difficult terrain. Road engineers has to travel by foot or packhorse along steep slopes. Highway 101 was not completed until 1922.
Erected by California State Parks.
Location. 40° 1.522′ N, 123° 47.602′ W. Marker is near Garberville, California, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Redwood Highway (California Route 101) near County Route 271, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Garberville CA 95542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richardson Grove Historic Lodge (here, next to this marker); Confusion Hill (approx. 7½ miles away); Mignon "Minnie" Stoddard Lilley (approx. 7½ miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is in Richardson Grove State Park.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles •
More. Search the internet for Paving the Way.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.