Metropolitan, California

Metropolitan, California

Coordinates: 41°00′42″N 124°05′05″W / 41.01167°N 124.08472°W / 41.01167; -124.08472

—  Unincorporated community  —
Concrete sidewalks at the bend in the road through 21st century dairy pastures identify the former company town of Metropolitan, California.
Metropolitan is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°30′53″N 124°08′41″W / 40.51472°N 124.14472°W / 40.51472; -124.14472
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 72 ft (22 m)

Metropolitan is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California.[1] It is located on McDairmid Prairie, on the Eel River three miles downstream of Scotia,[2] at an elevation of 72 feet (22 m).[1]


The location was formerly a company town of 25 homes with a hotel and store for sawmill workers of the Metropolitan Redwood Lumber Company organized in 1904 by owners in Michigan and Wisconsin. Company timberlands on Slater Creek were reached by a railroad trestle across the Eel River. The timber was logged out in the 1920s, and the sawmill burned in 1932. Most of the employee housing was moved to Rio Dell by 1937.[2] The railway trestle and 62-room hotel were destroyed by the Eel River flood of 23 December 1964.[3]

Metropolitan Redwood Lumber Company Locomotives

Number Builder Type Date Works number Notes[4]
1 Lima Locomotive Works Shay locomotive 3 May 1907 1836 purchased new; became Pacific Lumber Company #36 in October 1935
2 Lima Locomotive Works Shay locomotive 24 December 1904 867 formerly Amador Central Railway #2 (Ione, California); purchased 1912; scrapped 1935


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Metropolitan, California
  2. ^ a b Carranco, Lynwood (1982). Redwood Lumber Industry. Golden West Books. p. 203. ISBN 0-87095-084-3. 
  3. ^ Waananen, A.O., Harris, D.D. and Williams, R.C. (1971). Floods of December 1964 and January 1965 in the Far Western States. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. p. 150. 
  4. ^ Koch, Michael (1971). The Shay Locomotive Titan of the Timber. The World Press. pp. 411&422. 

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