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US Route 101 and California State Route 20 in Willits

    Willits is a City in central Mendocino County and is considered the "Gateway to the Redwoods."  Willits has been part of both US Route 101 and the Redwood Highway since their inceptions.  Willits is also famous for the Skunk Trains of the California Western Railroad and the converted Willits Arch which graces former US Route 101 (Currently California State Route 20) on Main Street.  Since 2016 US Route 101 has been moved off of Main Street in Willits onto the elevated Willits Bypass.    Part 1; the history of transportation through Willits  Willits lies within Little Lake Valley of central Mendocino County.  The origin of Willits traces back to Hiram Willits who arrived in Little Lake Valley from Indiana in 1857.  A small community known as "Willitsville" soon began to emerge which was renamed to "Little Lake" in 1861 upon the establishment of the first Post Office.  The name of the community would change to "Willits" in 1874.  Willits began
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