California
70
www.stateparks.com
'Valley Quail' © stateparks.com
Valley Quail
upload your photos

USA Parks
California
Region
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
FORT HUMBOLDT STATE HISTORIC PARK
FORT HUMBOLDT STATE HISTORIC PARK
3431 Fort Avenue
Eureka, California   95503

Phone: 707-445-6567
Fort Humboldt is situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay. This remote military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between Native Americans and gold-seekers and settlers who had begun flooding into the area after the discovery of gold in the northern mines.

Later, Fort Humboldt would become the headquarters for the Humboldt Military District, which included Forts Bragg and Wright in northern Mendocino County, extending north through Humboldt County to Fort Ter-Waw in Klamath and Camp Lincoln near present-day Crescent City.

It was during its first few years that Fort Humboldt saw one of its most famous residents: the young Captain Ulysses S. Grant. After being decorated for bravery in the Mexican-American war, he was posted to several locations including Fort Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest. The isolation of Fort Humboldt did not appeal to Grant, and after serving as commanding officer of Company F for six months, resigned his commission.

Fort Humboldt was formally abandoned in 1870 and rapidly fell into decay. Today, only the hospital building remains out of the original fourteen structures. It is now a historical museum dedicated to telling the story of the Fort and the Native American groups, including the Wiyot, Hoopa and Yurok of this region. In the 1980s the Surgeon's Quarters was reconstructed and there are plans for its establishment as a period house museum. In 2001 an historic herb and vegetable garden was recreated adjacent to the Hospital.

The park also includes a Logging Museum and open air displays of historic 19th-mid 20th century logging equipment including the Dolbeer Steam Donkey, "Lucy," the Bear Harbor Lumber Company's Gypsy Locomotive #1, and the Elk River Mill and Lumber Company's #1 "Falk" locomotive.


Get directions
to this park:

by Town and state
OR
by zip code

Nearby Parks


Area Attractions
Old town Eureka, harbor and Clarke Museum, Azalea State Natural Reserve, Little River State Beach, Patrick's Point S.P. to the north, Victorian village of Ferndale, Humboldt Redwoods S.P. & Avenue of the Giants, Grizzly Creek S.P. to the south.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Area Campgrounds

Mad River Rapids RV Park
3501 Janes Road
Arcata, CA
707-822-7275


Johnny's Marina & RV Park
1821 Buhne Drive
Eureka, CA
707-442-2284


Shoreline RV Park
2600 6th Street
Eureka, CA
707-443-2232


Riverwalk RV Park
2189 Riverwalk Drive
Fortuna, CA
707-725-3359


Widow White Creek RV Park
1085 Murray Road
McKinleyville, CA
707-839-1137


Share Your
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Photos
(click here)
Weather Forecast, (95564)

Directions
South side of Eureka, CA - just off HWY 101 on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay & the Bayshore Mall. East on Highland Ave. 1 block.
(Eureka, CA Latitude/Longitude: 40.8021 / -124.1624)

From Oregon/Crescent City - Take 101 South to Highland Avenue in Eureka.
From SF Bay Area - Take 101 North to Highland Avenue in Eureka.
From Sacramento Area/Southern California - Take I-5 North to 299 and head Westbound to 101. Take 101 South to Highland Avenue.

USA Parks
California
Region
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
© 2014 StateParks.com