Vintage Photos

The Giant Redwoods were popularized in the 1920s and 1930s, as magazines began to publish stories and pictures. The first “year round” road through Richardson Grove was completed in 1928.

The redwoods quickly became one of California’s first road-trip destinations. Souvenir stands, kitschy tourist attractions, campgrounds, and “cabin camps” quickly sprang up along the winding two-lane highways through the redwoods.

Two ladies motoring along a plank road in the redwoods.” Photograph by W.T. Fitch, 1910
Two ladies motoring along a plank road in the redwoods.” Photograph by W.T. Fitch, 1910
Richardson Grove
Richardson Grove
Avenue of the Giants
Avenue of the Giants
Avenue of the Giants
Avenue of the Giants
Logging in the Humboldt Forest
Logging in the Humboldt Forest
Redwood Highway / Avenue of the Giants
Redwood Highway / Avenue of the Giants
Redwood Highway / Avenue of the Giants
Redwood Highway / Avenue of the Giants
Richardson Grove
Richardson Grove
World Famous Treehouse
World Famous Treehouse
Tourist restrooms on the Redwood Highway
Tourist restrooms on the Redwood Highway – date and location unknown
Redwoods Poem
Redwoods Poem
1960 - Eureka Newspaper showing Avenue of the Giants exit
1960 – Eureka Newspaper
Weott, California
Weott, California in the 1940s – destroyed by flood in 1964