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Arcata Plaza3394 viewsThis picturesque town along Redwood Highway 101 is the home of Humboldt State University. A statue of President McKinley commands the center of the Plaza, a lovely spot to enjoy the atmosphere of this Redwood Forest community.
City of Arcata.
Arcata Eye Newspaper.
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Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast1054 views
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Trinidad Lighthouse1029 viewsThe Civic Club made this replica of the original lighthouse to house the original light and bell. The actual working light is located on Trinidad Head, that rocky outcrop seen on the right of this picture.
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Lagoons on the Redwood Highway1093 views
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Roosevelt Elk1051 viewsReadily seen as you drive through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. A protected herd of 200 roam freely and graze alongside California's Redwood Highway 101. Photo by Bob von Normann
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Orick Bridge1000 views
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Sequoia's Last Stand1277 views
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Creek Scene in the Redwoods1196 views
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Steamer "Topeka" Leaving Humboldt Bay991 views
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Traveling Minstrel Show1149 viewsLocal entertainment before the days of radio and television, an indigenous form of entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music. Something furry named Wallace is in that cage.
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Logging Locomotives1100 views
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Southern Pacific's "Daylight"1143 viewsThe "Daylight," Southern Pacific's new streamline train, which makes a daily dawn-to-dusk flight between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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Sing Fat970 viewsIn San Francisco and apparently it has nothing to do with Fortuna, or does it? Why would this be in the Depot Museum?
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Ukiah High School941 views
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Main Street, Fortuna995 views
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NWP Railroad Depot885 views
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Downtown Parade1080 viewsThis is Main Street at the 10th Street intersection in the early 1900's. There was really no landscaping in front of the Lane House (the building where Taco Loco is today), those are small freshly-cut redwood trees brought in from the woods just for the occasion. If you look closely at the ones in front of the Friedenbach Brothers store you'll see they are nailed to the sidewalk. That big two-story building on the right was the grade school at the corner of Main and 8th Streets.
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NWP Fernbridge Depot1016 views
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Fernbridge1015 views
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Fernbridge1107 viewsThe Eel River is flooding, and the Ferndale bottoms are under water.
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