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county derived its name from Humboldt Bay. The first recorded
entry of Humboldt Bay by non-natives was an 1806 visit from a
sea otter hunting party from Sitka employed by the Russian
American Company. The hunting party included Captain Jonathan
Winship, an American, and some Aleut hunters. The bay was not
visited again by people of European origin until 1849 when
Josiah Gregg's party visited. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans
Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great
naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt.
State historic landmarks in Humboldt County include Trinidad
Head, Fort Humboldt, The Old Arrow Tree, Centerville Beach
Cross, Camp Curtis, the Town of Trinidad, the City of Eureka,
California's first drilled oil wells in Petrolia, the Jacoby
Building, the Old Indian Village of Tsurai in Trinidad, the
Arcata and Mad River Railroad Company, the Humboldt Harbor
Historical District, and the town of Ferndale.
The original inhabitants of the area now known as Humboldt
County include the Wiyot, Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Chilula, Whilkut,
and the southern Athabascans, including the Mattole and Nongatl.
Humboldt County was formed in 1853 from parts of Trinity County.
The first recorded entry by people of European origin was a
landing by the Spanish in 1775. [Excerpt from Wikipedia]