Westport Railroad Yard

Westport is about 13 miles north of Fort Bragg. The first post office at Westport opened in 1879. Originally called Beall’s Landing in honor of Samuel Beall, the first white settler there, the place was renamed in 1877 by James T. Rodgers who built a timber loading facility for the name to contrast with his home town of Eastport, Maine.

There was a mill at Westport which had a railroad and two busy piers – see picture below – which shipped lumber for the small mills in the vicinity – Wages CreekDe Haven and Howard Creek.

If you look closely at the picture on the right, in the middle right, you can see the locomotive.

The south wharf, built in 1877 by James T. Rogers, was a major piece of engineering, constructed at great cost. Because of its vulnerability to coastal storms, especially during the winter months, it was in need of constant repair.

The scarcity of schooners in 1880 affected the course of business unfavorably. 

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There was about $20,000 (some $2 million odd today) worth of railroad ties, bark, poles and shakes piled up on the landing awaiting shipment. With the end of the shipping season close at hand, the larger part of these had to be carried over until the next spring. A new chute, built in 1882, proved to be a successful improvement over the old one. It was 610 feet from the bank to the outer end, and the apron was 75 feet long with a slight incline outwards so that the loaded car could haul the empty one back.

 1978 edition of the Mendocino Historical Review

The best source of information available on Westport is the Summer 1978 edition of the Mendocino Historical Review.