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What's in a Town? 


Linda Stansberry's article "Bridgeville" (Feb. 4) is an interesting bit of local history but the title and basic premise, as well as large parts of the story, don't make any sense.

There isn't now and, in all likelihood, never has been, a *town* for sale.

Bridgeville is just another unincorporated area of Humboldt County like Garberville or Redway or Rio Dell that has a post office but no governing body. So, it seems quite misleading to say the town is for sale. If people think, "Oh, I'm buying my own town, I'll have my own ZIP code," well, they're being misled. You can't officially own a town, you can't own a ZIP code and you can't buy a post office.

To put it more accurately, the best you can say is that most (but not all) of the privately owned property in the community of Bridgeville is for sale by some absentee landlord.

But that doesn't have quite the ring to it.

— Douglas George, Eureka

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