The rural town of Hayfork sits in the middle of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest — 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Hayfork’s timber mill, no longer in use, still stands at the edge of small town. Sierra Pacific Industries closed the mill on December 13, 1991, leaving more than 150 people out of work.
Logs are stacked on the side of the road on the way into Hayfork.
Richard Sandor, 65, from Hayfork, took the hour long bus ride to the Mad River clinic to pick up his medication for chronic pain on June 17, 2014.
Alita Johnson drives patients to South Trinity Health Services clinic in Mad River twice a week.
Ricky Dalgreen, 14, takes the bus to the Mad River clinic for a check-up. His mother doesn’t have the gas to drive him to the clinic, so they take they bus run by the clinic.
The South Trinity Health Services clinic in Mad River, California, serves the residents of Hayfork and surrounding areas. The clinic, a remodeled blue cottage, used to serve as the local forest service office.
Pharmacist Gerry Reichelderfer, 81, waits for customers at the Hayfork Drug Store on Saturday, June 21, 2014. He has owned the pharmacy for more than 30 years.
Reichelderfer works five days per week filling prescriptions at his pharmacy.
The 81-year-old is the only pharmacist serving the rural town of Hayfork in Trinity County.
Reichelderfer, a religious man, says he’s not ready to stop working. “There’s nothing in the bible that says you should retire, so I’m not.”
Ernie Hall, 77, is a long-time customer and friend of pharmacist Gerry Reichelderfer
Reichelderfer and Hall at the Hayfork Drug Store on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Reichelderfer says he knows most of his customers by name.
Earl Mercill, 91, was Hayfork’s only doctor for more than 30 years.
Dr. Earl Mercill pushes the lever of the water pump he built in the backyard of his house
Dr. Earl Mercill, 91, eats lunch prepared by his caregiver son at his house in Hayfork, Calif., on June 22, 2014.
Earl Mercill, 91, checks the progress of the corn stalks he planted with his son. The retired doctor says staying busy keeps him healthy.
Dr. Earl Mercill was honored for his years of service with a 13-foot town clock on Main Street.
The dedication plaque at the base of Dr. Earl Mercill’s clock.
Jeff Clarke lives in a 2-bedroom trailer near the Hayfork Cemetery.
Jeff Clarke says the lack of health care in Hayfork makes it hard to treat his high blood pressure, hepatitis C and Lyme disease.
Stormy Clarke, 23, chooses to smoke medical marijuana to cope with her bouts of schizophrenia and bipolar depression instead of taking any prescribed pills.
Jeff Clarke uses the meditation book ‘Just For Today’ to help with his addiction recovery.