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Loggers begin clearcut of Lompico forest

By the 1850's Lompico was heavily forested and the redwoods there were the area's largest export.

The area was described by the loggers as dense and almost impossible to penetrate.

There was also the problem of transportation out of the almost inaccessible location. Grizzly bears also made it a difficult task.

Between 1890 and 1900 the entire area around Lompico was eventually clear cut, but the forest has recovered well. By 1915 the area had been over-logged and the companies left.

What was left behind is the now famous Roaring Camp Railroad. Families enjoy visiting a piece of history today and there is a great ride in the open cars to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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