Continuing north on Highway 9, the next town is Brookdale. Brookdale is the smallest of the mountain towns and has a population less than 2,000. It was predominantly known for the Brookdale Lodge, which was an impressive tourist destination in its heyday. The inn was built in 1890 and was famous for its stream that ran right through the middle. The main dining room, the Brook Room, overlooked the stream and the inn had redwood trees growing through the ceiling. The inn was popular during prohibition as well as the 1950’s when several Hollywood A-listers, including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe would visit. There have been several fires at the property and it has been closed for many years.

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