The Ferndale Museum, located in Ferndale, California, houses and exhibits artifacts, documents and papers from settlement during the California Gold Rush to the present including an active Bosch-Omori seismograph. The area of collection covers the lower Eel River Valley as far south as the Mattole River Valley and west to the Pacific Ocean. Collections include over 6,000 photographs, back issues of the Ferndale Enterprise newspaper, and family papers spanning 140 years.
Permanent displays in the main building include a Magneto switchboard, a Pacific Telephone toll board, working crank telephones, historical rooms and furnishings, doll houses of interesting local buildings, and a display of Seth Kinman items. Tools, dairy, logging and farm equipment and a working blacksmith forge are in the museum Annex.
Ferndale resident Joseph Jordan Bognuda became interested in earthquakes after living through the 1906 San Francisco which caused considerable damage in Ferndale and over the entire Eel River Valley. Bognuda began a correspondence with Perry Byerly and attended lectures at the University of California at Berkeley which resulted in the University and the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey establishing a Ferndale Seismographic Station with a lighter Bosch-Omori Seismograph than the one in active use at Berkeley at the same time.
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Ferndale Museum Reviews
Awesome place lots of great memerobelia history. And the guy there was great talking about everything about the town. Beautiful victorian houses there great main street awesome merchantial shop too. more »
Lots of interesting items in well-displayed settings. The working blacksmith shared about what he was doing. Lots of old machinery and farm equipment on display. Well worth the visit. more »
Very nice local museum. It has excellent displays and a nice atmosphere. I also enjoyed the agricultural, logging, and blacksmithing tools and accoutrements in the annex. If you enjoy small, local museums, this is a good one.
There is so much to see, experiencing the player piano was a work out and fun. Lyn L was most helpful with accessing resources as I did family research on the Mabel Ammer's family.
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