BackRhodes: I might have missed the food part of The Samoa Cook House, but I did experience everything there except for the food.
I would not have been comfortable eating which would have ruined all the other good I experienced there.
It's a wonderful place and I did reccommend stopping there as it's more than just the food.
I loved the glimpse into how things once were.
I don't know IF there is an individual table in any of the other dining rooms (they have 3)...if so, would that make a difference...???
Yes, the preservation of the history is unique because so much of it IS recent
history to those who still work in the logging industry...so many of the mills have shut down in the last 20 years (yet the demand for lumber has not decreased), and the lumber used to be hauled out on the Northwestern Pacific RR, but it's also now shut down (due to several massive rockslides in the Eel River Canyon between Willits and Scotia)...
The Harwood mills in Branscomb shut down but the equipment is still in place...in other places the equipment in former mill sites has been removed for scrap or resell...
Yet...someplace around Duncan Mills
(Sonoma County) there is a STEAM powered mill that still operates...it was featured on Huell Howser's tv show California Gold
I was raised with horses and have always felt a very close connection to the history of California...my grandparents survived the 1906 San Francisco quake (my other side of the family were Texas oil drillers)
So much to explore in my (native) state...some places like Eureka I know only a small amount about...I'm not there all that often, but I do know how to find my way to Lola's Mexican food, and Porter Street BBQ, and I've eaten at a few downtown Eureka restaurants, but there's more to explore and learn about...it's just a matter of time...my ranch is in the Deep Boonies, up in a rugged bunch of mountains, so I don't just "drive to town" for a loaf of bread...the nearest food store is a 28 mile round trip, but that's the scale of things out here...
I really try VERY hard to avoid ALL urban area's, but I did see a food joint featured on DDD in Sacto I'd like to try...