Ferndale, c. 1880

Ferndale, California, c. 1880 (County of Humboldt Collection)

Keep clicking on the image to enlarge the photo. I am guessing folks in that area will be able to recognize some of the buildings–and I believe that church is still standing.

5 Responses to Ferndale, c. 1880

  1. Ellin Beltz says:

    The photographer was standing on top of the Ferndale Cemetery Hill, approximately where the pointer is http://bit.ly/xHq3mX here.

    Eugene Street is to your left, Ocean Avenue to your right, and yes the church is still there, but it is a residence.

    Looking on Ocean Avenue, next to the church steeple, you see the tiny “Gum Drop Tree” home of Augustus Berding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Berding_House), earlier the postmaster of Centerville and rescuer of many in the ‘Northerner’ shipwreck.

    The building at the intersection of Ocean and Main facing the camera is the Ivanhoe Hotel, still there, but with alterations to its roofline since.

    The tallest white peaked building to the far upper right, on Main Street is on the site of the later Golden Gait Mercantile building (1896). To the right, one story high, may be the base of the I.O.O.F. building which was built in 1875 as the Masonic Hall, with the upper floor added later.

    Immediately to the left of the tall white building is the Alford-Nielsen House
    which was moved from the location in this photo to its present site closer to Van Ness Avenue in 1893.

    Across the street from the tall white building is a cluster of low peaked roofs, two of which are still here,
    *452 Main — is an 1870 residence joined to an 1918 storefront. The building is called the Gangreen/Ward/Gill House; &
    *444 Main — was built as the Gill House and the Blackburn Building in 1876. It has a commercial false-front and a lovely yard.

    Several of the residences around Berding and Brown are still standing.

    The row of dark trees behind Main Street is foliage along Francis Creek. The row of darker trees behind them seems adjacent to the course of the Salt River and the tall ghostly trees off towards Centerville Beach may be Sitka Spruce.

    What comparing this photo to the http://www.ferndale-museum.org/mainstreet.htm Ferndale Museum Main Street Walk shows is that Ferndale has very few 1880s buildings in the commercial strip. The 1906 earthquake http://ebeltz.net/fieldtrips/1906quake-fdale.html was responsible for several buildings being demolished, rebuilt or replaced, including the Gilt Edge Hotel and the Pythian Castle.

  2. Ellin Beltz says:

    Oops! I meant to say the Gum Drop Trees were tiny in the photo, they have since grown large.

    The house is the same size it is now, very spacious !!

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