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Crispy Morning1700 viewsEarly mid-October morning shot off the River Lodge back patio.
New Years Eve Flood, 20051073 viewsKen and Gary bringing out a generator. The Public Works garage on Dinsmore Drive is high and dry, but Rohner Creek backs up into town and crawls out of its banks here when the river gets too high.
New Years Eve Flood, 20051018 viewsMike, preparing to do a flotation test with the backhoe.
Keeping an Eye on the Eel1440 viewsA popular spot when the river is at full crest! We're at the Overlook on Riverwalk Drive, near River Lodge, on New Year's Eve 2005. This is the best spot to watch the river as it runs toward the sea. It flows faster than a man can run and sweeps much debris and even whole trees along with it. See this picture taken in 2002, same place, same reason, even the same day!
Flag Day at Fortuna Ford958 viewsPick up a truck today!
Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fortuna4180 viewsThe Budweiser Clydesdales were in town for a special Fortuna show. Three large trucks rolled into town and set up shop in Rohner Park (more pictures). Within an hour they were ready, and the wagon and team made a large loop through town and rolled down Main Street, much to the surprise and delight of those who were not expecting them. The April shower (only a drizzle) didn't keep people away from the parade and there was also a lot of interest in watching the harnessing process. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Beltz
Cinderella Tree1606 viewsThis was one ugly tree, but for a couple of weeks every spring it had transformed itself into the belle of the ball.
Ross Hill Road1052 viewsThe Fortuna Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Grace and Beauty1137 viewsThe Dawn Redwood makes a nice counterpoint to the Flowering Cherry. Dawn Redwood trees are deciduous, the leaves turn brown and drop in the late fall. This redwood was planted in Rohner Park fifty years ago by Christine Kemp.
Fortuna Theater at Sunset1344 views
Storm is Over!1240 viewsWhat a way to finish up a year! The last two weeks of December brought a couple of back-to-back storms and lots of rain. Many small creeks overran their banks and there were a few bank slipouts. The storm drain system was overwhelmed at times and some streets flooded.
Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fortuna1969 viewsTwo tractor trailers carry the Clydesdales and a third brings along everything else--the historic beer wagon, harnesses, and other gear. Performance days (more pictures at for a Budweiser Clydesdale are a combination of excitement and perfection. While the horses are groomed daily, special attention is given to their appearance on performance days. The expert grooms who travel with the horses spend about five hours washing and grooming the horses, polishing the harnesses, braiding red and white ribbons into the manes, and inserting red and white bows into the tails. The entire harnessing process takes an additional 45 minutes.
Muddy waters of Bull Creek in the winter541 views Photo by Mike Shoys, prints available at
Van Duzen River east of Carlotta527 views Photo by Mike Shoys, prints available at
Fernbridge During High Water 11352 viewsVisitors to the area often wonder why there are 20-foot-high levees along the river banks. The Eel can go from shin deep to 25 feet high in a matter of days.
Photo courtesy of Darrell Foust.
Fernbridge During High Water 21881 viewsConstructed in 1911, Fernbridge was an engineering marvel of its day, the world's longest concrete arch span ever built to that date (and one of only two still in use in the world). It is also the only bridge on the Eel that has withstood everything that the river has been able to throw against it.
Photo courtesy of Darrell Foust.
Ferndale Bottoms During Flood1371 viewsPhoto courtesy of Darrell Foust.
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Farmers Market in Fortuna, 1998?1202 views
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Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department1059 views
Aerial View of Fortuna ca 19963820 views
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