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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

San Mateo County Places - La Honda

John Sears settled the forested mountain area around La Honda (the Sling) in 1862 and built a small inn along the stage road to Pescadero.  Legend states that Jim and Bob Younger of the Jesse James gang helped with the construction.  (The original store was destroyed by fire in 1960.) 


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
In 1873 a store and hotel at the junction were owned by Sayers and Lausman as reported in the tale of Major Pauline Cushman.





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.

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