Portland, OR

#1 Aug 10, 2008
I recently visited Whitethorn after being away for over 30 years. The town was boarded up with no trespassing signs on both sides. When I asked some locals about it, it seemed to me to be a sore topic as if I brought up "the aunt in the attic."
Is the reason for the store and post office closeing due to economic conditions e.g. job decline in the wood products industry? I realize opinions may vary, so anybody's view points are welcome.

Portland, OR

#2 Oct 13, 2008
Nobody had a comment or input to my question? Most of my family that now lives in Oregon asked me about the trip, and I could not explain why the town all of us once called home seemed so inhospitable and un-friendly.

Sure I didn't expect a welcoming committee, but on the other hand, I hoped for at least a hello or smile.

How symbolic, the city limit sign was stuck to a Redwood tree behind a fence with a "No Trespassing" sign.

Twinsburg, OH

#3 Jan 3, 2009
I've tried to get info on the area too...seems bizarre the lack of real info

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Jan 11, 2009
lol I know all about all of that and who owns most of it. its been closed for over 10 years. don't expect a welcoming, lucky you didn't get beat up for harassing the locals. Place is WAY more cleaned up then it was 4 years ago.

Garberville, CA

#5 Jan 28, 2009
Whitethorn is whitethonrn.....

You can take the girl out of Whitethorn,
but, you can't take Whitethorn out of the

their isn't that many people
living right in the middle of town,,,
and the "Stump" will never be the same...
with no post office, and store,,,
its a die'ing small town America.

Denver, CO

#6 Feb 3, 2009
The store closed years ago, bought by tweakers. The post office moved over to shelter cove road for two reasons. shelter cove dwellers complained about having to drive all the way over to thorn for their mail, and local residents complained about homeless and druggies accosting them as they tried to pick up their mail after hours. There are still plenty of people living in thorn, mostly growers, junkies, speed freaks and old local families. None of them want outsiders there, for different reasons. The thorn of the 70's is just a memory.
whitethorn resident

United States

#7 Feb 7, 2009
I live in whitethorn and i resent the remark that all there is are growers,junkies,and speed freaks have you been to redway or garberville or for that matter anywhere in the usa. i am the last person that ran the store and i am no tweaker get your facts write before you sander someones good name.
yes i am one o the old local familys too.

Lemon Grove, CA

#8 Aug 19, 2009
I miss the good ole days of the 70's in and around Whitethorn

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