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Posts published by “Katy Tahja”

Highway 128’s Botanical Mystery

After driving back roads and living off the beaten path for 50 years I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about our local natural world. When I…

The Hopland Stock Farm

This account of the Hopland Stock Farm will be a testament to this historian’s self control in that I will try and NOT go into…

Place Names on the Mendocino Coast

To historians maps are a time trap—just ask the folks at the Kelley House Museum in Mendocino. A map inspection can turn from a quick…

Defensible Space

Please read about the massive 1931 Comptche Fire and how people survived in the middle of a firestorm due to defensible space. It’s a good…

North Coast Incline Railways

One of my favorite discoveries studying history is how creativity and ingenuity solved problems, like moving really BIG things. Incline railways were one such invention.…

Culinary Chaos in History

“Drunken Woodsmen Wreck Cookhouse-Raise Hades at Little Valley Camp.” That’s what a headline in the Mendocino Beacon reported in the November 23, 1918 issue. This…

Mystery Newspaper Publication

There is nothing more frustrating to a local historian than finding an artifact and not being able to figure where the heck it came from,…

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