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Fall Storm Near Yreka491 views
Zipporah's Pond1721 viewsFerndale's Russ Park is a 105-acre preserve located at the southern edge of Ferndale, where the Wildcat Hills (part of the Coast Range) rise abruptly above the nearly level residential areas. Located within easy walking distance of Main Street, and of much of the city, elevations in the park range from about 60 feet to 480 feet above sea level. An extensive system of foot trails... Ken Mierzwa continues with the ecology of Russ Park.
Still Haven't Found That Pot of Gold But Getting Closer...1313 views
Fort Humboldt Journey1415 views
We're Number One!1192 viewsIn 1856 there were nine mills on Humboldt Bay and they were producing more lumber than anyplace else on the coast. Eureka soon had the most "extensive lumber district in the state" according to a state report. Loggers and lumbermen were a creative bunch as evidenced by the numerous inventions locally that advanced logging technology. One such local inventor was John Dolbeer of the Dolbeer and Carson Lumber Company. His adaptation and patent of the steam donkey revolutionized logging on the entire west coast and beyond. His first donkey was patented in April 1882 and an "improved logging machine," the vertical spool donkey, in December of 1883. He also patented a logging locomotive at the same time. Fort Humboldt's Elk River & Lumber Co. No. 1 is a Dolbeer locomotive as is Bear Harbor No. 1. They are the only two that still exist.
Keeping an Eye on the Eel1433 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!
Aerial View of Fortuna ca 19482166 viewsA brand new subdivision is being prepared directly across from the High School (middle right) on 12th Street. This would be the present-day blocks of I and J Streets and from 9th to 12th Streets. This picture also shows the gas depot across the railroad tracks from the Auction Yard (on the left). The Rodeo Grounds in Rohner Park still sports the racetrack. The bowling alley hadn't been built yet, and there was little development on Fortuna Boulevard - it was out in the country among the cows!
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Aerial View of Fortuna, 19492271 views
Van Duzen River Railroad Bridge - early 1920?1190 viewsThe railroad bridge still exists today. On the left is the county bridge which was replaced in 1924.
Dyerville Railroad Bridge (?)1251 viewsWe're still trying to confirm this one. The railroad does not cross the South Fork, this would be the main stem of the Eel. But the Dyerville area was and still is called South Fork. This bridge would have been destroyed during the 1955 and 1964 floods.
Groceries and Dry Goods1158 viewsBriceland, the only store in town.
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Eel River & Eureka Railroad Time Schedule349 views
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Fern Canyon2096 viewsPhoto courtesy of Hal Rattray.
Rodeo Parade, 19421146 viewsIt was a little soggy as the Fortuna Ben Franklin Store cowgirls showed off their finery in front of Bank of America (the old Bank of Italy) located at Tenth and Main Streets.
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