Keith Skinner

About me

Keith Skinner writes memoir, fiction, essays, and travel narrative. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, Lit House Press, Woven Tale Press, and Berkeleyside. His WIP, his debut novel, is set in a 19th century Mendocino County frontier lumber town.

From my website

Native Americans of the Redwood Coast

When lumber mills first began sprouting up along the 19th century Mendocino coast, Native Americans were still a constant presence. Many indigenous place names were adopted by settlers and remain with us to this day. Others have faded into obscurity. We know, for instance, that the area now known as…

Lorenzo White: Linchpin of the American Dream?

At the peak of Lorenzo White's success his holdings stretched from Oakland to Fort Bragg. He owned stores, ranches, sawmills, hotels, ferries, saloons, restaurants, real estate, a fleet of ships, and several logging railroads. He commanded the attention of powerful politicians statewide and held sway over four California counties. White's…

Lumber Schooners of the Redwood Coast

In the mid-nineteenth century, the sawmills and lumber towns of Mendocino County were isolated from the more settled places that lined San Francisco Bay. The lack of roads, the ungainly North Coast mountains, and the abundant rivers and streams made overland travel difficult and dangerous. Lumber schooners provided the only…

 
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