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Northern California District
Release Date: 09/15/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332 or Kathy Stangl , 707-825-2300
News Release No. CA-N-09-84

BLM to Lead Guided Hike at Falk Milltown Site

History buffs can learn about the mill town of Falk and the people who lived there, in a free, guided hike offered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka.

Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Headwaters Elk River parking area, about five miles south of Eureka on Elk River Road.  To get there, take the Herrick Ave. exit off U. S. 101 south of Eureka, turn right on Elk River Road and follow the signs to the Headwaters Forest Reserve.  Parking is limited, and the BLM advises carpooling and early arrivals.

BLM Park Ranger Julie Clark, who has studied Falk's history intensively, will lead the two-hour walk through historic site inside the Headwaters Forest Reserve.  The trail is gentle and accessible by wheelchairs.

Falk was built in the 1880s.  It housed workers and their families who were part of Noah Falk's Elk River Mill and Timber Company.  Little of the town remains, but there are clear vestiges of the town, including trees and plants remaining where homes once stood.


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