- 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.
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An old building at Fort Humboldt SHP
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.
Recreation - 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. Historic reconstruction of buildings, grassy bluff, picnic tables, logging machinery displays, visitor center with exhibits & bookstore, rest rooms. The park is wheelchair accessible. 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.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
Coastal/temperate. Summer 50-60. Morning & evening fog is common. Winter 40-50 with 35" of annual rainfall occurring mostly Nov.-May.
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.