Monthly Archives: April 2006

How About the Troops Coming to Fix the Broken Highway at Devil's Slide?

Bring the troops here to fix Devil’s Slide Yesterday, I left home in El Granada at 9:50 a.m.: it’s only four miles to Half Moon Bay but forty minutes later found me mired in traffic on two-lane Hwy 92 about … Continue reading

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Just Shout When You Can't Call 911…

What a weekend it was. Last Saturday night, not only was Devil’s Slide shut down, the phones lines were down, the internet was down– God forbid if you had an emergency and had to call 911 because all you got … Continue reading

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1981: Talking About The Power Of Devil's Slide & The Coastside

Patricia Erickson & Gene Fleet sitting in a Moss Beach garden. Two Coastsiders I loved interviewing for the 1981 “Mystery of Half Moon Bayâ€? documentary were Patricia Erickson and Gene Fleet–two new age, spiritual friends who shared the belief that … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part III

The rescue ships carried the injured, stunned and stricken survivors back to San Francisco where they were created at the emergency hospital. Rumor had it that attorneys for the San Juan and the S.C.T. Dodd scurried among the shocked survivors, … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part II

As the San Juan continued south past Pigeon Point, the Standard Oil tanker S.C.T. Dodd was plowing northward up the coast toward San Francisco, nearing the end of her voyage from Baltimore. The vessels were 12-miles out, off the San … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part I

(Above: Emma Granstedt, center; at right, Mrs. Olsen. Courtesy Patrick Moore, click here  (At right: Theodore Granstedt. Courtesy Patrick Moore, click here) Emma Granstedt felt a premonition of danger as she boarded the popular “commuter steamerâ€? San Juan at San … Continue reading

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April 18, 1906: The Day the Earth Shuddered in Half Moon Bay

Sybil Easterday’s rooster should have awakened her from her deep sleep on the morning of April 18, 1906. Instead the well known eccentric sculptress, who lived with her mother, Flora, in an artistic home at Tunitas Creek, south of Half … Continue reading

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My Love Affair With Devil's Slide

There’s only two ways to get to San Francisco from the isolated San Mateo Coastside. The sedate choice is with Highway 92, the same trail used by creaky stagecoaches 100-years-ago—and the breathtaking alternative, Devil’s Slide, a raw 11-mile stretch of … Continue reading

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Who Are These Folks

stepping on and off the train somewhere between Montara and El Granada 100-years-ago?

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View of the Ocean Shore Railroad

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