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The Island Mountain bridge basks in the evening twilight in this late 1990s photo taken by Dan Hauser, then executive director of the North Coast Railroad. He did not know, nor did anyone know, that the north end of the Northwestern Pacific was passing through its twilight as well.

Humboldt County Historical Society Program

Local Historian and HSU Alumnus Sean Mitchell presents “Fire in the Mountain: The Beginning of the End of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad,” the story of the 1978 Island Mountain Tunnel Fire. Twenty-five miles east of Garberville, and deep in the Eel River Canyon, the fire was a turning point for our Northwestern Pacific Railroad. The 4,314-foot tunnel caught fire in September of 1978, causing more than 1500 feet of this vital link to collapse.

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