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Steamship Bear Wrecked Near Cape Mendocino1172 viewsSteel steamer; 3 decks, 2 masts; 4,507 tons; 357.5 x 47 x 26.4 feet; 79 crew; 545 passengers; 15 knots. Built in 1910 at Newport News, Virginia. Operated by the San Francisco & Portland Steamship Company, known as the "Big Three", between 1910 and 1916 on Portland to California route. It was during a period of foggy weather on June 14 in the year 1916 that the master of the Steamer BEAR, when his reckoning put him about 15 miles northward of Cape Mendocino, began to take soundings to locate his position and feel his way to the lightship anchored off the cape. The soundings indicated that the vessel had safely passed the cape and the course was changed as usual. About an hour later the vessel stranded two miles north of the cape, oddly enough, near the mouth of the Bear River. Two of the vessel's lifeboats attempted to land on the beach and were swamped in the surf, drowning two women and three men. It was deemed safer to row the other ten lifeboats towards the lightship. Somehow, one hundred and fifty survivors managed to squeeze aboard the lightship and the crew of 11 looked after them until they could be rescued by another ship and a tugboat. A Universal Film Company crew, working in the Hammond Company Lumber Camp for a moving picture starring Helen Holmes, relocated to the area to shoot some footage of the wreck.
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Eureka Train Depot1171 viewsNorthwest Pacific Railroad depot in Eureka. Very easy to find because of that steeple, but also totally out of character for the area.
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Eureka!1163 views
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Humboldt Bay1105 views
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Mattole River1011 views
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Holmes School1026 views
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Holmes School1023 views
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Sheep Ranch1017 viewsAngel Ranch is a little southeast of Blue Lake.
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Petrolia, August 19071113 views
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Groceries and Dry Goods1147 viewsBriceland, the only store in town.
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Flat Iron Tree1129 viewsNear Bull Creek
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Wish You Were Here!1069 viewsA postcard available in many Fortuna stores and gift shops for nearly twenty years.
The address side of the card read: Fortuna, California, located on Redwood Hwy. 101 originally was named Springville in 1875 after the Springville Mill Co. On July 3, 1889, the name of the town officially was changed to Fortuna. A bustling community, it is the site of Rohner park and a unique train Depot Museum. Photo by Bob von Normann
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Avenue of the Giants1661 viewsLocated 240 miles north of San Francisco. Persuading the highway builders to adopt a new line for freeway construction outside the dense forests, the state and the Save-The-Redwoods League succeeded in preserving the beauty of this section of the world-famous Redwood Highway, US 101.
The Avenue of the Giants is 30 miles south of Eureka. This 33-mile scenic drive parallels Highway 101. The north entrance is at the Jordan Creek exit and the southern entrance is at Phillipsville. Surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, it is home to the Dyerville Giant, Founders Tree and Rockefeller Forest.
Those yellow vines climbing the trees? Poison Oak! Photo by Bob von Normann
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Depot Museum in Fortuna's Rohner Park1205 viewsTaken around 1990, this little beauty is the most well-known postcard of Fortuna. Due to its unique location, design and harmonious color, the Depot Museum building was (and still is) a magnet for photographers.
The back of the card reads: See the 1893 NWP train depot. Contains many items of interest for all ages. Fishing, railroad, lumber and wire memorabilia. Located in beautiful Rohner Park, opposite a picnic area and children's playground. Museum web site.
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Scotia921 views
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Eureka1071 views
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Carson House, Eureka1264 views
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Victorian Ferndale1128 viewsThe village was settled in 1852 by dairymen and ranchers from many countries. Shops, restaurants, antiques, museum, playhouse, inns and galleries are together an architectural heritage setting near hills, redwoods and ocean. Photo by Bob von Normann
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World's Tallest Totem Pole1217 viewsHeight 160 feet, weight 57,000 pounds.
This totem pole is known as the tallest single tree totem pole in the world, according to the Guiness Book of Records. This continous redwood carving towers over the McKinleyville Shopping Center... just 12 miles north of Eureka.
Totem poles are emblems that symbolized where a person stood within a big family grouping-- not just a mother, father, sister, brother, but within a whole clan of relatives. But the term, "totem," standing alone, does not refer to those poles, but rather to the notion of an icon or symbol that represents the spirit of a kinship group or clan, based on a blood relationship. Photo by Bob von Normann
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Mad River rapids RV Park966 views
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