I am quite pleased with the info we have been able to gather about the habitations that used to exist along the Skunk Route – see here. I thought the list of places was pretty complete. So, you can imagine my dismay when I was poring over the map of post offices in Mendocino County (included in my “History of California Post Offices” book – see previous blog below) when a new place turned up along the Skunk route, Gracy.
Gracy? Never heard of it and I am positive the name has never come up in conversation within my hearing among club members who are pretty knowledgeable of “Skunk lore”. Two of our club members are engineers on the Skunk and they know the route and history like the back of their hand and they’ve never mentioned Gracy to me.
So I dived into the book to see what the scoop was. It seems that Gracy was like Elk/Greenwood is today. The post office at Greenwood is the Elk post office – so named to avoid confusion with another California post office named Greenwood. Gracy at one time was called Harold and was the post office at Camp 7 which DOES appear on our list of places along the Skunk Route.
The post office at Camp 7 was named Gracy when it was established on May 6th, 1896. On December 27th, 1899 the office moved a mile south. The post office was located on the north bank of the Noyo River, eight miles from Fort Bragg, eleven miles east of Cleone. Before it closed on April 12th, 1912 it moved a couple more times. Camp 7/Gracy/Harold was at its height a community of 300 people.
How can I be sure there really was a post office at Camp 7/Gracy? Here’s a post mark from the Gracy post office to prove its existence.
Another tidbit of info to add to the website.