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Louis Hough

Louis magnificently served for many years as our Train Society’s secretary. He was, almost single handedly, the “Historical” part of our group.

Louis has written many excellent articles for the Mendocino Beacon over the years on the ships that plied the waters off the Mendocino Coast. This article describes the prestigious award Louis received from the Karl Kortum Endowment for Maritime History along with the story behind the articles that Louis has penned.

The crowning glory of Louis’ scholarship is the publication of his book, A Fleet to be forgotten, which was published by the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The genesis of the book is described in the attached article.

We are particularly indebted to Louis for the articles and booklet he authored on the schooners that plied their trade in doghole ports of the Mendocino Coast. Without his research the section of this web site on how the early mill towns were supplied and their products taken to market would be almost non-existent.

Louis also wrote articles about the railroads and towns of the Mendocino Coast that we have used as invaluable sources in the creation of this web site.

We are very proud to have such an eminent local historian in our Society’s midst.

Articles used herein written by Louis:

Point Cabrillo:

Point Cabrillo plans birthday party for Saturday - read here
98 next week and still bright and vigorous - read here


Recalling a rugged, bustling Rockport - read here
Rockport redwood to the rescue - read here
Rockport’s revival, recovery and restoration - read here
Redwood cargoes to Dixie - read here


Where horses once walked the plank - read here

The stories of Flumeville and Rollervilleread here


The history of the Skunk Train - read here
Daisy – the pufferbelly who could and did - read here
Remembering locomotives Molly and Dinkey - read here


Helen Drew


1907 Fire destroys Sotoyme schooner at sea - read here
Built for profit, not for speed - read here
Building the Sotoyme - read here
On Shaky Ground –Devastation of the 1906 Earthquake – read here
The Breeches Buoy: For the Ride of Your Life – read here


They parted the forest and out rolled the schooner SOTOYOME
A Fleet to be Forgotten, published by the San Francisco Maritime Museum.