History will come alive at Fort Humboldt in April as Ulysses Grant and Seth Kinman ride into town while the mechanical steam donkeys and Gypsy locomotives are steamed up.
The steam donkey was invented by Eureka businessman and mill owner John Dolbeer. It was used to move logs from the woods to the mill site. Members of the Timber Heritage Association will be on hand to steam up the historic Falk shay locomotive and provide free train rides. The Falk was used in logging operations near the long-gone town of Falk at the headwaters of the Elk River.
There will be a full day of living history activities for all ages at this historic site. Life at Fort Humboldt from the mid to late 1800s will come alive as volunteers from Fort Humboldt and the Clarke Museum will perform historical reenactments. Included in the day's festivities are black powder gun fire demonstrations, army camp life and a surgeon's station along with many more exceptional representations of life in America in the 1860s.
The Wiyot Tribe is performing a demonstration Brush Dance and Humboldt State University students will hold a logging contest. Hot dogs and snacks will be served to help raise much needed funds for these community minded organizations.
Historical reenactments, exhibits, displays, steam donkey in action, "hit and miss" gas engines, and drag saws--this is a day you don't want to miss! Admission is free.
The event will be held rain or shine and will only be canceled if required for safety reasons. For more information contact For Humboldt at (707)445-6547.
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(Eureka, CA Latitude/Longitude: 40.8021 / -124.1624)
3431 Fort Ave.
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
- Two day event - Free Sat after the Rhody Parade til 5:00pm & Sun from 10am to 4:30pm
- Great fun for the kids - free ride on the steam locomotive Saturday Only
- Picnic area - museum and bookstore