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Fort Humboldt Journey1406 views
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We're Number One!1183 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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Aerial View of Fortuna ca 19482151 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, 19492256 views
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Van Duzen River Railroad Bridge - early 1920?1177 viewsThe railroad bridge still exists today. On the left is the county bridge which was replaced in 1924.
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Dyerville Railroad Bridge (?)1240 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.
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Eel River & Eureka Railroad Time Schedule341 views
 
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