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Skunk Train: from logging and tourism to drought relief

Michelle Blackwell
Chief Skunk Robert Pinoli with a skunk train

July 22, 2021 — The Skunk Train has been a fixture of Mendocino County since the late 1890’s, when it was built to service the logging industry. Over the decades, it transitioned to a transportation and tourist attraction. In 2013 a major cave-in of the tunnel shut down the  transportation service and the system focused on delivering adventures to tourists and families. Today the system is exploring a  more utilitarian service to the local community: drought relief. “Chief Skunk” Robert Pinoli talks about how the train can help the coast during this unprecedented drought, and provide an update on transportation services between Willits and Fort Bragg.


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