Haywards Weekly Journal
September 25, 1880

Parties owning land along the San Lorenzo Creek have been forced to pay yearly tribute to that insatiable water course in the shape of large and valuable slices of real estate. Many are yet living in our town who remember when a man might have easily jumped across the bed of this stream, but the constant wearing of the winter floods has cut out a chasm from 10 to 30 or more feet deep, requiring bridges of over 100 feet to span the gap.

In summer only a narrow thread of water creeps lazily along its bed, and often the channel is perfectly dry for one or more months during the latter part of the summer. But in winter, especially wet seasons, after the heavy rains, the creek assumes the proportions of a river, and is bankfull with a flood of muddy liquid that rushes along with a mighty force carrying upon its bosom a miscellaneous assortment of floating drift, and tearing away huge sections of the bank that instantaneously dissolves and is deposited upon the low-lands about the bay.

Last winter we stood upon the bank of this creek and saw hundreds of tons of dirt cave in and disappear. The wasting away of land by this means is incredibly rapid, and in order to ward against further inroads from that source a number of citizens have gone to great expense building substantial bulkheads as a protection against high water.

During last summer D.S. Smalley, S.D. Warren, H. Peterman, L.B. Chandler, Seth Warner, and others have spent several thousand dollars for that purpose alone. Mr. Warren's bulkhead cost him fully $1,000, and he has lost upwards of $1,500 worth of land by caving during the past five years.

It is thought that this system of bulkheads will entirely protect the land and prevent further loss. So far this winter they have stood the pressure of the flood without signs of weakness, and as great care was taken in strengthening them, it is confidently expected that this remedy is permanent and lasting.