Homestead

1858

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Continuing my historic theme, here is another cool find from a similar site a few miles away from the ‘china’ site. In the mid to late 1800s, there was widespread homesteading throughout Humboldt County. Many of these homesteads where set up by larger sheep/cattle operations, who helped people apply for their patents and then over time bought them out. This is how many of the large ranches acquired their large acreages. As result, there are many abandoned homesteads on ranches today that are nothing more than scattered debris of what ever was left behind.

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?