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Fortuna Fire Department, 19061029 views
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Downtown Fortuna in the 60's1454 viewsTaken at 9th Street looking east.
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Downtown Fortuna in the 60's1536 viewsTaken at 11th Street looking west. That funny-looking thing hanging in the middle of the intersection? That was used before police had radios. It was a light bulb, turned on by a switch in the police dispatcher's office and would alert the officer to come in for instructions.
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Fortuna Auto Park (Rohner Park) 19301257 viewsThe Fortuna Auto Park (page has link to hi-res picture) was located in Rohner Park. Those picnic tables and stove on the left are just about where the cook shack is today. It would be many years before this type of lodging was called a Motel (Motor Hotel).
Photo by Mike Knips.
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Fortuna Panorama From the North ca. 19101325 viewsThis is an amazing panorama considering the equipment that was available to photographers that early in the century. This photograph, facing south, was taken from the hill above Fortuna at the second curve on Vista Drive. The road extending to the far horizon is 12th Street today but was then called Sandy Prairie Road. It was the main road south and a remnant still has that name between Drake Hill Road and Highway 36.
That big two-story building a block to the right of 12th Street is the Star Hotel, located at Main and 11th Streets, and under that steam and smoke on the right is the Fortuna Milling Company (the old Springville Mill) on what was then called Spring Street. The two large structures near it are the Grammar School (front) and the High School.
Many of these buildings still exist today and are recognizable in this photo. If you would like to see this image in greater detail, a 17,500 x 3,180 pixel image (12MB) is yours for the studying.
We have photographer Keir to thank for lugging his equipment up the hill and for his insight in taking this awesome picture on a cold winter day.
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Fortuna Merchandising Company1183 viewsEstablished by W.J. Swortzel in 1880, called Swortzel & Williams until August 1895 when it was incorporated as the Fortuna Merchandising Company. It was located on the southwest corner of Main and 11th Streets, across from the Star Hotel. The business also had a warehouse at 13th and L, where the Post Office parking lot is located today.
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Fortuna Union High School, 19491224 views
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Fortuna Union High School, 19491237 viewsLocated on 12th Street. At the time this picture was taken there were still cows in the adjacent fields.
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George Williams Residence1045 views
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Grammar School1040 views
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Humboldt Pharmacy1053 views
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Jockey Club870 views
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Downtown Fortuna, 19491550 viewsMain Street, looking east at the 10th Street intersection.
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Hansen Furniture and the Lane House1041 viewsBuilt as the Nowland House in 1892, the Lane House also included the Imperial Hotel. Located on the south side of Main Street between 9th and 10th Streets. H.A. Hansen's Furniture Emporium occupied the right side of the building until they moved into the meeting hall across the street (now known as Low's Furniture, changed hands in 1953). Hansen's wife, Bertie McNulty, was the postmaster of Fortuna for many years. This building still stands today with apartments upstairs and businesses on the ground floor.
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Livery Stable1301 viewsT. Greig owned the Fortuna Feed and Livery Stable. It was conveniently located next to the Star Hotel, occupying the block on the north side of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. This building is no longer.
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Bark Peeler Crew on a Giant Redwood1711 views
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Main Street963 viewsLooking east on Main Street from 11th Street.
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Main Street1008 viewsScene on Main Street at 11th Street.
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Main Street983 viewsLooking west on Main Street from the 11th Street Intersection.
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Main Street959 viewsLooking west on Main Street from 11th Street.
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