That's right - Manila, California
In the late nineteenth century and for most of the twentieth - this small peninsula was lined with numerous large wood mills - turning the redwoods of the region into railroad ties and lumber. The railroad line at right was key to getting some of the fallen trees in and much of the finished lumber out.
Those tracks have been idle since 1992 - when the once great Northwestern-Pacific railroad ran its final train. No bells or whistles pierce the fog any longer - a perfect metaphor to the decline of the timber industry throughout the northwest.
The lumber mills had there own housing and stores - true company towns. During world War II - the lumber mills were all running three shifts at full capacity - and new workers immigrated to the area. Two small unincorporated villages rose outside of the mills. These were named Manila and Samoa - after the towns of the South Pacific - and they are still there. The homes are all tiny and modest by any standard. The cluster of homes in this image is typical. The two towns are so small that I could not locate any census data on their populations at all. My guess is between 300 and 500 people each - Samoa may be slightly larger.
Should you ever visit the Eureka area - you really must visit the Samoa Cookhouse - less than a mile ( 1 km ) from here. The real and actual cookhouse has served three square all-you-can-eat meals each day - seven days a week - for more than 109 years! They've never missed a meal and are still at it! Even if you aren't hungry and don't want to eat - it is an amazing museum. The place is massive and the folks who run it are friendly to everyone who walks through their door.
Larger view and map link: http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/125968115/original
[tomorrow]: an image from along the abandoned rails
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