Tell Folks Never Don’t Stop at Local Businesses Near the Slide, Writes Letter to the Editor
To the Community from south of the slide,
The closing of 101 has impacted everyone on both sides of the slide, but it is particularly bad for the folks in Leggett and especially The Peg House. I have spoken with a number of people trying to get north to see the redwoods. When I mention that the big groves are beyond the slide, but we have some local attractions such as the Drive thru Tree in Leggett or Standish Hickey State Park, a number of locals have said, “oh, I forgot about those”. These small businesses depend on tourism and need our help to get the traffic to visit.I spoke with Martin Inguez who was manning the stop at the Peg House. He said he was glad they moved the stop which was originally halting people south at the South Leggett exit. Marc Hermsmeyer, a Foreman for Ghilotti said that the detour route is south to Highway 20, to 5 north and then 36 east, but that 36 is also in bad shape. He reiterated that Bell Springs road is closed. He said it is open only to Piercy on the north side. Driving past Bell Springs, we saw a police check point checking that only local traffic is admitted.Let’s try to get the word out to tourists and any who are out on the road to stop and patronize these wonderful establishments located near the slide. If we don’t, we may lose them. I for one do not want to think about this drive without these anchors to our tourism. The Peg House, Leggett Mercantile, Leggett Gas station, and the Drive Thru Tree all need our support. I encourage you to be friendly and engage the tourists here to remind them of what is still available in our community.
*Note: “Never don’t Stop at the Peg House” is a well-known bumper sticker in SoHum and northern Mendocino.