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  The Beautiful Redwood's Pacific Shoreline
by KimberlyAnn

Take time to drive the eight mile Coastal Drive, stopping at view points and other places of interest along the way. Besides the beautiful ocean overlooks we walked down to the farm that wasn?t a farm. This is a World War II Radar station that was in place to watch for a feared Japanese invasion along the coast. The two cinderblock structures were disguised in the 1940s to look like a farm house and a barn. From above, you would see shingled roofs and gables on the house. The gables, however, were false add ons for looks only. The disguise was for the upper view from the road or by airplane, and the ocean view, from which you could only see the roofs through the trees, from sea level. The rest of the structure?s walls were cinderblock and windowless. The smaller house structure housed the power supply and the larger barn structure was the operations building where the oscilloscope and radar technicians were housed.

We also stopped at the old Memorial Bridge that was destroyed by flooding in 1964. The only thing left was the entrance, which was very unique. On either side of the entrance to the destroyed bridge was a large, life size cement statue of a bear.

Warning do not drive this road with trailors or RVs. This is a narow, but scenic road that is only partially paved, and has some steep grades and sharp curves.

Directions: Coastal Drive comes off of the Newton B. Dury Scenic Parkway in the northern section of the Prairie Creek State Park area of the Redwoods National and State Park. It then continues into national lands, and does a loop to turn you back the way you came.

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  • Written Apr 5, 2008
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