Old Homestead

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There were homesteads in many remote hard to reach locations. Were all the good spots taken? Or is it because you took a government land patent without knowing anything about it? I came across this one in a small isolated prairie on the Humboldt-Mendocino line. After spending several days near this spot, I was struck by how hard it was to reach it. While the site itself was pleasant, a gentle bench and a good spring near-by, it is surrounded by very steep terrain. Perhaps this is what lead to its ultimate failure. The stove looks circa 1910s-1920s.

Who were the people that decided to settle here? What were they doing and why did they leave everything behind?



  1. There is an old homestead near me that the great grandson of the settler promised to take me to and let me photograph. The story of the stove there is that it was brought in by sled. I’ve got to make time to do this!

    1. Sled! That is interesting and very plausible for this site too. It probably was boxed up initially, considering it came by train or ship from PA. I look foreword to the pictures you take from the site!

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