|Right-of-way according to Rick|
Hamman's map. (Rick Hamman)
While the precise location of the original Santa Clara Valley Mill & Lumber Company mill in the Zayante Creek basin is not entirely known, it seems most likely to have been located at the junction of Zayante Creek with Mountain Charlie Gulch where today a fire road climbs up to the railroad grade. This fire road would have been the primary means of reaching the railroad, except for freight, which would need a more even grade to get to waiting trains. Rich Hamman, in contrast, positions the mill much more closely to the start of the spur and on the east side of the creek, with only a narrow-gauged line continuing past the mill. Yet the existing photograph of the mill suggests that the mill was located in a basin near the creek, with no extension line going beyond it. Furthermore, the east side of the creek in the area he notes was too steep for a large-scale mill to operate. The Dougherty mill on Zayante Creek only existed between 1880 and 1887, when it burned down and was moved to Riverside Grove north of Boulder Creek.
|Remains of the Zayante Spur Trestle located|
off of Western States Drive, 2014.
|Original right-of-way to mill on East Zayante Road, left, while a newer auto|
bridge crosses creek here, and again 1/4" north to bypass mill property.
Today, the mill site now has a home sitting upon it, while the right-of-way has mostly been turned into a road. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most evenly graded and least twisty sections of East Zayante Road, though there are parts where small trestles may have rounded out curves during its original run.
- Rick Hamman, California Central Coast Railways (Santa Cruz, CA: Otter B Books, 2002).