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2,185 files in 28 albums with 0 comments viewed 909,957 times
Album: In and Around Fortuna


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Here are just a few images that show why Fortuna's such a great place to live, to raise a family, to work, to enjoy the friendly people and the incredible natural beauty of the area. But there's a lot of intangible things other than the five square miles that make up this wonderful city that we can't show you.

88 files, last one added on Dec 06, 2009
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Album: In the Area


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Good stuff. Some photos were taken near Fortuna, some not so near.

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Album: David Thomson Photos


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Photos in this album are courtesy of David Thomson. David has a great eye for composition and we are privileged to see a tiny part of his work here. He captured this image in Ferndale's Russ Park, this is Zipporah's Pond. Have you been to Russ Park? It's a jewel, take the time to go visit.

131 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2009
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Album: Wayne Yazzolino Photos


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This album includes photos taken in the areas of the Lost Coast, Big Sur, Lassen and Trinity Alps. These photos are courtesy of Wayne Yazzolino.

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Album: Miscellaneous


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Files not yet posted to other albums...

46 files, last one added on Dec 06, 2009
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Album: Apple Harvest Festival


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For over twenty years the Apple Harvest Festival has been celebrated throughout Fortuna. The Disaster Preparedness Fair is also a part of this event and its photos are included in this album.

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Album: AutoXpo Past Winners


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Album courtesy of Bobbie's Photography in Fortuna.

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Album viewed 588 times

Album: AutoXpo - 2002


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Album courtesy of RGCardella.

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Album viewed 636 times

Album: AutoXpo - 2003


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Album courtesy of RGCardella.

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Album viewed 415 times

Album: AutoXpo - 2004


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Car pictures courtesy of RGCardella

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Album viewed 378 times

Album: AutoXpo - 2005


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Pictures courtesy of RGCardella

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Album: Historic Images of Fortuna and the Area


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A hundred year's worth of pictures of Fortuna and the area, found in the Depot Museum, starting in the late 1800's. That's Henry Rohner's house on the left. The Hunan Village Restaurant sits on this lot today, on Main Street at the north end of 15th Street.

155 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2009
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Album: Historic Newspaper, the Eel River Advance of May 30, 1896


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These are the advertisements, we've listed some of the articles in the site's historical section.

39 files, last one added on Jul 09, 2005
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Album: Rodeo 2005 Chili Cookoff


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Album: Rodeo 2005 Parade


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Album: Rodeo 2005 Downtown Events


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The downtown events include fun for the entire family and for the entire week. The games include a stick horse race, the egg toss, outhouse races, firemen's competition and the penny scramble.

32 files, last one added on Jul 17, 2005
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Album: Rodeo 2005 Kidnapped Tourists


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Lyle and Janeine Gray from Chico are kidnapped and sentenced to be wined and dined for the duration of the festival. Story here.

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Album viewed 417 times

Album: Rodeo 2006 Parade


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High-res files available at fortunaphotos.com.

165 files, last one added on Jul 31, 2006
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Album: Rodeo 2007 Parade


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The Rodeo Parade on a warm and muggy day. High resolution files are available at fortunaphotos.com.

204 files, last one added on Jul 21, 2007
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Album: Rodeo 2008 Parade


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Another fun event in Fortuna! But a problem soon showed itself: the image contrast ratio became much higher as the shoot progressed. It was apparent that we no longer had control of the camera's choice of settings. This was later solved with a re-installation of the camera's software, and before we uploaded the images to this album we lightened them up a bit.

190 files, last one added on Jul 19, 2008
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Album: Rodeo 2009 Parade


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Another marvelous Rodeo parade!

128 files, last one added on Aug 06, 2009
Album viewed 716 times

Album: Rodeo 2010 Parade


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It was a glorious day in Fortuna, and according to the Times-Standard newspaper, "Fortuna's Main Street was filled with the sounds of sirens, rumbling tractors, marching bands and clopping hooves Saturday during the annual Rodeo Parade, believed by some to be the best parade north of Pasadena. Under a cloudless sky, the parade seemed to have a little something for everyone, as antique cars, mounted patrols, floats, bands and even a pack-line of mules made their way up Main Street. Kids scrambled in the street to pick up candy tossed by passing paraders, as adults soaked up the early afternoon sun while sitting on lawn chairs and bleachers as they watched the parade go by."
We couldn't say it any better!

131 files, last one added on Jul 18, 2010
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Album: Civil War Days 1999 - Battle of Spotsylvania


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These re-enactments featured the 'Mule Shoe' and 'The Bloody Angle' events during the Battle of Spotsylvania.

Pictures courtesy of Rick and Joanne Center, Linda and Phil Dickson

33 files, last one added on Jun 19, 2005
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Album: Civil War Days 2002 - Battle of Seven Pines


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The smoke wasn't only from the muskets and cannons but also from the half-million-acre Biscuit Fire in Oregon.

26 files, last one added on Jun 18, 2005
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Album: Civil War Days 2003 - Battle of Mechanicsville


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And once again there were hazy skies during part of the weekend, this time caused by the Canoe Creek Fire and Honeydew Fire a few miles to the south.

Most pictures courtesy of RGCardella.

59 files, last one added on Jun 18, 2005
Album viewed 3019 times

Album: Civil War Days 2008 and the submarine "HL Hunley"


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One of Northern California's favorite events, again back in Fortuna! Civil War Days 2008 took place in the "bowl" next to the Eel River and behind Fortuna's River Lodge Conference Center. The Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise co-sponsored the event. A replica of the Confederate "HL Hunley" submarine, the first submarine to sink a warship in battle, was part of the show. The sub was a full-sized replica with a drop-down side showing the inside of the ship.

All photos by David Thomson.

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Album viewed 290 times

Album: Fire Fighter Muster Parade 2004


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Album: Fire Fighter Muster Parade 2006


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47 files, last one added on Aug 22, 2006
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Star Hotel, Corner of 11th and Main Streets969 viewsLove that shadow effect on the "Star Hotel" lettering. And check out that period on the end! This two-story building was built in 1876 by W.J. McKenna, and was named after Andrew and Jacob Starrar of Mad River, who raised the elk that likely was Fortuna's meat supply at this time. There's a connection here to the Lost Dutchman's Mine, looks like Andrew may even have owned most of the town at one time and sold part of it to Henry Rohner, we're researching it, will post more info when we have it.
Main floor from left to right: Candy store, North Drugstore, Star Hotel lobby (the rooms were upstairs), Newell & McIntyre General Store. The Star Hotel was a popular destination in Fortuna from the 1880's to the 1950's and was known for its fine dining and friendly service. A journey from Eureka to Fortuna around the turn of the century was not just a little jaunt down the road. A trip would take hours and many times people from surrounding towns would spend the night not wanting to make the trip twice in one day. It was also used as a meeting and resting spot for those coming into town for the day. The hotel went out of business in the mid-1950's. This building is still being used today by a number of businesses.
From the Redwood Empire Association Booklet, early 1940s: "A popular hotel located in the center of Fortuna on the Redwood Highway. Steam heated and with all conveniences. A good coffee shop in connection catering to tourists and vacationists. Excellent steelhead fishing in the Eel River, nearby. Rates: $1.00 to $1.50 without bath; $1.75 to $2.50 with bath. Open all year."
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