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Train of Logs on Luffenholtz Trestle around 18904756 viewsEngine #11 - Oregon & Eureka Rail Road. Luffenholtz Creek is near Trinidad. This trestle, along with the town of Luffenholtz, burned to the ground in 1908 in a major Humboldt County forest fire. Many families lost their houses and all their possessions, barely escaping with their lives. Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library
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Fort Humboldt Journey1390 views
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We're Number One!1169 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.
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Another Day, Another Parade...1335 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo Parade.
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Out Of the Way, Dude, We've Got a Parade to Put On824 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo Parade.
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Rolling Home767 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo Parade.
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Poetry in Motion776 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo Parade.
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Horsing Around808 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo Parade.
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Attention Dairymen388 views
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Humboldt Bay1071 views
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Steamer "Topeka" Leaving Humboldt Bay981 views
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Southern Pacific's "Daylight"1131 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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Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fortuna4137 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
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J. H. Loring239 views
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Scotia Livery Stable225 views
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SS Corona Aground, 19061270 viewsAground off Humboldt Bay. The Pacific Coast Steamship Co.'s steamship CORONA was launched August 4, 1888 from the yards of Neafie & Levy in Philadelphia. On October 27 of that year she left for San Francisco to enter the coastal steamer business, transporting goods and passengers along the Northern Pacific Coast. Another picture of her, in 1901, loading passengers in Seattle.
Photo courtesy of NOAA Photo Library
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