This guide will give information on resources including books, libraries, museums, and special collections that may help students with research on Humboldt County history.
Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California
Humboldt County is a county in the state of California. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 134,623. The county seat is Eureka. Humboldt County was established on May 12, 1853, from Trinity County. The county derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which was entered by a sea otter party in 1806 but was not rediscovered until 1849. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great German naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt.
Humboldt County comprises the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, California plus other towns and cities. It includes 4,052 square miles of sometimes rugged terrain, famous redwood tree groves, bays, and is bordered by the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is located on the far North Coast 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Clarke Museum in Eureka
The Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka, California contains the area's premier collection of California North Coast regional and cultural history, including Nealis Hall, dedicated to honoring and teaching about local Native American tribes.
Address: 240 E St, Eureka, CA 95501
Hours: 4PM ⋅ Opens 10AM
Phone: (707) 443-1947
Architect: Albert Pissis