Ferndale

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Ferndale Museum
Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 128 pages
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The enchanting "Victorian Village" of Ferndale in the Eel River Valley is designated a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is a California Historical Landmark. Named by its founders, the Shaw brothers, to honor the six-foot-tall ferns that once choked the thickly forested valley floor, the town became a vital center for goods bound by water for San Francisco and a crossroads for stages to Eureka and Bear River. For many years after the Shaws first paddled their canoe across the Eel River in 1852, travelers forded it by ferry. This changed when Fernbridge was constructed in 1911, at that time the longest reinforced concrete-arch span bridge in the world.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Inttoduction
7
Eatly Days in the Valley
9
Developing Communities
23
Agticultute and Rutal Life
41
Ttanspottation
53
Buttetfat Palaces and Businesses
65
Social and Setvice Otganizations
81
Special Events
91
Disastets
105
People of the Valley
117
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