The Marysville Daily Appeal reported on 4 Mar 1873 that the Senate Amendments to create post roads were to go into effect that day. Those post roads included the route from Redwood City to Pescadero through Searsville and La Honda Junction.
A little colony and resort grew around La Honda Junction with saloons aptly named "Robber's Roost" and "Apple Jacks". Since the 1870's La Honda has remained an area of lumbering and ranching with a population in 2010 of 928.
|Sacramento Daily Union 18 Oct 1873|
The Pacific Rural Press announced the opening of a new Grange in La Honda on 25 Jul 1874. There were also granges in Pescadero, Ocean View and San Mateo.
On 28 Nov of that year the following letter which was placed in the Pacific Rural Press gives a picture of farming in the area.
You can find hundreds of articles about La Honda and its residents on the California Digital Newspaper website. Articles include reports of bear hunting, camping, visiting and visitors, court cases, employment advertisements, accidents as well as births, marriages and deaths. There are nearly 1000 from the San Francisco Call alone. When searching be sure to use quotes around "La Honda" to avoid getting results for each word.
Links and More:
- Hanson's Mill at La Honda 1870
- Live or Die in La Honda
- Mobile Ranger: Old La Honda Road
- The La Honda Voice
- La Honda Historical Society no longer maintained but interesting info, including a 7 part lecture on the history of La Honda.
- La Honda - Wikipedia
- The South of Skyline Story
- Jones, Charles & Susan Friedman, A Separate Place,SF Sierra Club 1974
- La Honda - Arcadia Publishing