Top: Stella Pilgrim and her brother Joe (left foreground) look north toward Rockaway Quarry during a break in one of the big winter storms of 1957. Middle: Storm surges in 1957 smashed into the Breakers bar and restaurant in Rockaway Beach. Bottom: Rains flooded Sharp Park Golf Course. (Bob Pilgrim photos)
From Pacifica.city: We went on the first-ever tour put on by Coastside Land Trust of Half Moon Bay's Purissima Ghost Town (click the link to register for the next tour, November 28). Despite warnings of poison oak and wasp attacks, we toured Purissima with a young child, who loved it. All the buildings are gone, long since reclaimed as roadbed material for Highway 1 or farm buildings, but the original row of cypress trees, the mansion foundation, and water tower concrete pad are still quite visible. Henry Dobbel built Purissima up to just around 300 people in the 1860s before a variety of circumstances destroyed the town. If you loved A&E's show Cities of the Underworld, you'll love Purissima.