Ferndale’s Alleys

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A few years ago Terri and I drove up to the North Coast of California for a quick getaway. Terri’s family (O’Leary) settled in the Loleta/Ferndale area in the 1870’s and had a dairy ranch for over 100 years on Cannibal Island Road. Ferndale is a small Victorian town across the Eel River from Loleta that’s lost in time. We were walking down Main Street past the the very quaint gingerbread storefronts when Terri suggested we see what the town looked like from its alleys. We walked between two buildings and suddenly we were in another place and another time. While the storefronts were kept painted to attract tourists, it was obvious that the backs of the buildings hadn’t seen a coat of paint in maybe a century. Two doors that I photographed tell the story.