Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is a California state park, located in Eureka, California, United States. Displays interpret the former U.S. Army fort, which was staffed from 1853–1870, the interactions between European Americans and Native Americans in roughly the same period, and both logging equipment and local narrow gauge railroad history of the region. Within the collection, there are trains, logging equipment, including a fully functional Steam Donkey engine, and an authentic Native American dug-out canoe. The Fort overlooks Humboldt Bay from a commanding position atop a bluff. The North Coast regional headquarters of the California State Parks system is located onsite.Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Eureka Edition.
Early years, 1853–1860With the discovery of gold in the Trinity River in Trinity County in May 1849, the stage was set for conflict between the Native Americans who lived in northwestern California and the settlers and gold seekers that flooded into the region. After repeated depredations by white settlers, Northern California tribes such as the Yurok, Karuk, Wiyot, and Hupa retaliated and the Army was sent to attempt to restore order.
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Reviews
Little remains of the fort and most is a recreation. Nevertheless the history of the site is worth the visit although the PC brigade has sanitised the exhibits. more »
This is great, especially for families. Lots of people have never been here, too bad! It’s really quite interesting. My grandfather was a railroad engineer and I loved to ride with him. I have many ha... more »
History is Rich here and there is a lot to contamplate I recommend you visit at least one time
Very beautiful Historic Park and well worth visiting and checking things out there. It would be a great place for a picnic overlooking the bay.
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