360° VR Panoramas of the Northern California Coast, Coast Ranges, and Redwood Highway
Downtown Scotia
On the Eel River in Humboldt County, California

Company-built and owned towns were often a necessity for lumber and mining enterprises in the west. Most were strictly practical and often temporary. But at Scotia the Pacific Lumber Company built a masterpiece, Scotia, the most elaborate and beautiful of all western company towns. Scotia survives intact today, despite two decades of ownership by the despicable Charles Hurwitz.

Downtown, the north end of Scotia, consists of the hotel, shopping center, theater, a former bank which is now a museum, a health center, and the company offices. All the buildings are constructed of redwood, often unpainted, and sometimes with the bark still on. Huge mill buildings run through the middle of town, between the railroad tracks and the millponds.


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The elegant old Scotia Hotel

The elegant old Scotia Hotel

The elegant old Scotia Hotel

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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In the lobby of the Scotia hotel

In the lobby of the Scotia hotel

In the lobby of the Scotia hotel

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Comfortable old-fashioned bedrooms at the Scotia Inn

Comfortable old-fashioned bedrooms at the Scotia Inn

Comfortable old-fashioned bedrooms at the Scotia Inn

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Claw-foot bathtubs at the Scotia Inn

Claw-foot bathtubs at the Scotia Inn

Claw-foot bathtubs at the Scotia Inn

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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The shopping area at Scotia, rebuilt since the earthquake and fire

The shopping area at Scotia, rebuilt since the earthquake and fire

The shopping area at Scotia, rebuilt since the earthquake and fire of 1992

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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The Winema theater in the heart of Scotia

The Winema theater in the heart of Scotia

The Winema theater in the heart of Scotia

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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The old bank building, now the Scotia Museum, built entirely of redwood

The old bank building, now the Scotia Museum, built entirely of redwood

The old bank building, now the Scotia Museum, built entirely of redwood

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Donkey engines and a locomotive outside the the Scotia Museum

Donkey engines and a locomotive outside the the Scotia Museum

Donkey engines and a locomotive outside the the Scotia Museum

Scotia, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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The Scotia health center

The Scotia health center

The Scotia health center

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Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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