Ferndale in California

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Main Street © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main Street © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Its population was 1,371 at the 2010 census, down from 1,382 at the 2000 census. The city contains dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. Ferndale is the northern gateway to California’s Lost Coast and the city, which is sited on the edge of a wide plain near the mouth of the Eel River, is also located near the extensive preserves of coast redwood forests. Before American settlement, Ferndale was a glade of giant ferns reaching more than six feet, surrounded by alder, willow, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, coast redwood, swampy land, and windswept prairies. The area was populated by the southern Wiyot people, and centered along the Eel River, where they caught lamprey eels, salmon and sturgeon in iris leaf fish nets, collected shellfish along the river and at its mouth, while cultivating only a California species of tobacco. The town was established in 1852 from settlement by Willard Allard, Seth Louis Shaw, and his brother, Stephen W. Shaw.

Ferndale’s location south of US 101, is very close to the mouth of the Eel River as it enters the Pacific Ocean. By car, Ferndale is 265 miles (426 km) north of San Francisco and just 12 miles (19 km) south of Eureka. California State Route 211 is the major road connecting the city with US 101. Directly to the south of Ferndale is the Lost Coast region, whose geology and terrain has made it very difficult to establish routes through the area. It has thus made that area only accessible by land via small county mountain roads, such as Mattole Road, running from Ferndale south to Petrolia.

Victorian Inn © panoramio.com - Roman Eugeniusz/cc-by-sa-3.0 A. Berding House - 'Gum Drop Tree House' © Ellin Beltz Fern Cottage Historical District © Ellin Beltz Ferndale Main Street Historic Diistrict © EPoelzl/cc-by-sa-3.0 Gingerbread Mansion B&B © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Main Street © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palace Saloon © Ellin Beltz/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Roman Eugeniusz/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Ferndale Main Street Historic Diistrict © EPoelzl/cc-by-sa-3.0
The local economy is a mixture of dairies and ranching, agricultural support, retail and services. On July 18, 2013, the California Employment Development Department identified Ferndale as having the second lowest unemployment rate (1.7%) of all cities in the state, led only by Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Ferndale, sometimes also referred to as “Cream City”, is known for well-preserved Victorian store-fronts on main street and homes throughout the community, which are also known as “Butterfat Palaces”, due to their construction wherein considerable wealth was generated in the dairy industry. Many of these buildings date from the 1880s. The entire town is registered as California Historical Landmark #883. Six historic buildings as well as the Ferndale Main Street Historic District and the Fern Cottage Historic District are within or around Ferndale are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other points of interest include the Ferndale City Hall, Ferndale Museum, Ferndale Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, Church of the Assumption, the Congregational Church, and the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.

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