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Eureka diesels (#1027)

Eureka diesels (#1027)
This picture serves two purposes. It’s most basic is to link it with a set of pictures of locomotives that I’ve been photographing since 2004. The locomotives are leftovers from one of the iterations of the Northwestern Pacific railroad that once ran from Eureka down to the Bay Area. A storm washed out a key portion of the link in the 1990's, at about the same time the lumber/fishing industry was dying, thus the link was never rebuilt and these locomotives were stranded here.

Following is the oldest of my photos of these locomotives. In it and in a later photo, all four of the diesels were attached: Eureka, CA diesels 1125
Here’s the story of the Northwestern Pacific, including comments on efforts to revive portions of it:


More important for this trip, though, is what this location tells us about the displaced -- the homeless, the near homeless, the drug and mental situtations, that you see on the street. As I was driving into this area on the Eureka waterfront, I passed a large vacant lot with a smaller fenced-in area that appeared to have about 20 tents or tent-like setups, including shopping carts, bikes, and other stuff, within the compound. Considering the people who were in the area (it was around 8PM), it appeared to be people without stable residences, maybe a camp for homeless set up by the city.

Similarly, just after I had parked to take this picture, an older (maybe my age, 60’s) man in an older Subaru station wagon pulled up and parked about 2 car lengths behind my car. He smiled and waved, not as a sign of knowing or wanting to say something, but in the sort of sign people give to send a signal “I’m okay, you’re safe.” I continued to take pictures in the area and then, walking back to my car, I realized that he was changing clothes and getting ready to bed down for the night in his car. (Story continues with nearby #1033).

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Interesting, thanks
12 months ago.
David Goulart
David Goulart
the dairies in the ferndale/eureka area used to be serviced by this line. now all their feed is trucked up '101'. which is why i was passing through clear lake a couple of weeks ago, one of the trucks broke down above laytonville.
were there port-a-potties set up at the camp? if not i don't see how the city could involve itself. but then you have the fenced in area where people are staying, so who knows. in stockton there are several places where encampments pop up. they're left alone for awhile, then the city comes in and tears them down. one that has remained for a few years now is along i5 and mormon slough, the cal-trans right-of-way.
12 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to David Goulart
I don't recall if there were port-a-potties at the camp, but there were plenty of facilities within a reasonable distance. Even here in Palm Springs we have spots that become regular camps for a few months, then get 'cleared' and the new camps develop elsewhere. I live in one of the lower income portions of town, so we get plenty of regular encampments nearby.
12 months ago.