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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Highway 101, California's North Coast

California State Parks
Management Unit:
North Coast Redwood District
3431 Fort Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 445-6567

  • Picnic Area
  • Mens / Womens Restroom
  • Interpretive Trail
Located on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, this old military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between the Native Americans and gold hungry settlers. Brevet Lt. Colonel Robert C. Buchanan were first assigned to protect settlers on Humboldt Bay. His orders were to establish a post in the vicinity of Uniontown. Ulysses S. Grant was commander of the fort for 4 months. At its heyday, the fort had 14 buildings all of crude plank construction, though most were plastered inside. Most original buildings are gone, but the hospital and surgeon's quarters have been reconstructed. The fort was abandoned in 1870.

In 1955, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park was established. Long-range plans call for the reconstruction of other buildings that would return the fort to its original appearance. The park includes a collection of historic logging equipment including the Dolbeer type steam donkey called "Lucy," the Bear Harbor Lumber Co. Gypsy Locomotive #1 and the Elk River Mill and Lumber Co. #1 "Falk" locomotive.

How to Get There:
South side of Eureka just off HWY. 101 on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay & the Bayshore Mall. East on Highland Ave. 1 block.


Basic visit recommendations: Visit hospital building with exhibits that explain fort operation & history. Allow additional time to walk through outdoor exhibits & historic logging equipment including steam donkeys, locomotives, etc.

Special events/programs: Monthly logging equipment "Steam Up" of historic logging equipment the 3rd Saturday monthly May-Sept., Dolbeer Donkey Days (2 day event) in April featuring logging equipment in operation and logging skills competition, Ft. Humboldt Days-annual event in August where examples of military camp life, period domestic arts and crafts, hand weapons, blacksmithing, period dress and demonstrations. Junior Ranger programs (ages 7-12) during summer season.

Adjacent visitor attractions: Old town Eureka, harbor and Clarke Museum, Azalea State 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.

Fee(s) Charged: No
No Fee Charged
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