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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt is a remnant of a U.S. Army outpost established in 1853 to protect settlers from Native American tribes. The one remaining original building, once a hospital, was moved to the current blufftop site, renovated, and is now a history museum within a state historic park. It overlooks Humboldt Bay, the Samoa peninsula, and the city of Eureka, and houses exhibits on local history, military life at the fort, and famous scouts and traders. There is also a small exhibit about the native Wiyot people’s sacred sites, as well as some crafts and literature, but only one line referring to the massacre of 100 Wiyot men, women, and children by vigilantes in 1860; many of the remaining Wiyot were corralled at Fort Humboldt, and 200 died there from poor conditions and continuing violence before the survivors were resettled on reservations.

Paved paths lead past outdoor displays of both original and reconstructed military living quarters, tools, and a dugout redwood canoe. Narrow-gauge trains and original early logging equipment are displayed on tracks. Next to the museum is a historic herb and vegetable garden, which you can reach by traveling less than 50 feet across grass. Access is good throughout the grounds and museum.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Visitor Center: Accessible

Accessible Parking: Yes

Next to the restroom

Accessible Restroom: Yes

Toilet is less than 17 inches high

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

To reach all tables you must travel across firm grass.
Fort grounds
Fort grounds (Courtesy CA State Parks)

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Additional Information

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Managing Agency: California State Parks
Address: 3431 Fort Avenue, Eureka
Nearest City: Eureka
Phone: (707) 445-6567
Hours: Grounds: Daily, 8 am-5 pm. Buildings and visitor center: Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm
Fees: None
Public Transportation: Eureka Transit Service
Reviewed by Ann Sieck, June 19, 2009
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