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Noyo

About two miles south of where C.R. Johnson located his new mill there was a community and a mill located mostly on the flat of the Noyo River. In 1858 Henry Weatherby and Alexander MacPherson, the owners and builders of the Albion mill built a mill on the flat of the Noyo River.

Mill employee dwellings beside Noyo River below Soldier Point

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In the winter of 1858 the mill site was flooded making an almost new start necessary in the spring of 1859. The machinery came in by sailing vessel and was landed onto a barge from the ship. The barge had to wait for a high tide to get the machinery to the mill site.

The mill built one of the earliest railroads to haul logs from Pudding Creek to the Noyo River. The railroad ran along what is now Harrison Street.

The Noyo river has been the setting for two well-known movies. "Johnnie Belinda" used the last old bridge across the Noyo and, after the bridge had gone, the Noyo was the setting for a scene from "The Russians are Coming".

In more recent times the Noyo fishing fleet moored adjacent to the site of the old mill.

Mouth of the River Noyo in the 1890’s

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Bridges over the Noyo River at Fort Bragg

Over the years there has been a ferry and a number bridges over the Noyo. The gallery left shows the original ferry and succession of bridges.

The Noyo school Noyo River bridge The mill on the flat of the Noyo River The Noyo Mill – the workers are lined up outside East end of the Noyo Mill Crossing the Noyo by ferry in the early days. The ferry was pulled back and forth along a cable fastened to posts on the shores of the river Bridge number 1, a toll drawbridge, was built just down the river from the ferry. Ferry crossing the Noyo River. The trestle in the middle right carried a pipe with fresh water from Waterfall Gulch to the mill The pipe crossed the river on the bottom and then continued on a lower trestle on the other side of the river Second Bridge across the Noyo late 1890. It replaced the toll bride built in the 1870’s Boating on the Noyo in the late 1890’s by Bridge number two Mouth of the Noyo around 1900 Mouth of the River Noyo in the 1920’s Noyo River Bridge in the 1920’s Noyo with the old bridge in the foreground and the new high bridge in the background. This was 1947 and the new bridge had yet to open Carine’s restaurant with the Noyo Bridge in the background View of the new high bridge over the Noyo in the late 1940’s Mouth of the Noyo River after the new high bridge was built A view of Noyo Harbour in the 1950's from the high bridge
The Noyo by Beth Stebbins

The Noyo by Beth Stebbins

Published by Bear and Stebbins in 1986

This book contains a history of mouth of the Noyo River from 1852 to 1920. The subject matter covers the Pomo, sawmills on the Noyo, Business in the 1880’s, Transportation by land and sea and the fishing industry on the Noyo. Brief biographies are included of major figures involved in the Noyo.

Bear and Stebbins have kindly given permission for us to include this book in full. Click on the cover to read all 122 page of this e-book. A pdf version of the original book can be downloaded adobe pdf here

Property of Club Member Tony Phillips