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2,185 files in 28 albums with 0 comments viewed 1,029,753 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: AutoXpo - 2002


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Album courtesy of RGCardella.

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Album: AutoXpo - 2003


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Album courtesy of RGCardella.

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Album: AutoXpo - 2004


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Car pictures courtesy of RGCardella

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Rodeo 2006 Parade


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High-res files available at fortunaphotos.com.

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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.

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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.

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Album: Rodeo 2009 Parade


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Another marvelous Rodeo parade!

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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 8562 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 435 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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Arcata Plaza3388 viewsThis picturesque town along Redwood Highway 101 is the home of Humboldt State University. A statue of President McKinley commands the center of the Plaza, a lovely spot to enjoy the atmosphere of this Redwood Forest community.
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Van Duzen River Bridge at Highway 36 and Highway 101 (1991)1121 viewsThe railroad bridge (Eureka Southern in 1991, the time this was taken) dates back to 1913. The center bridge was built in 1924 to replace the 1901 bridge.
And what a story! On November 20, 1924, flood conditions, combined with the battering of large drift material, washed the footwork from beneath the south and middle arches, as well as from beneath the south half of the north arch, causing the crown of the recently-poured north and south arches to deflect. This same flood also destroyed the elevating tower (used to pour the concrete), necessitating construction of a new one, and, in its early stages, also washed out the detour bridge.
With the detour bridge washed out, traffic was diverted along the south bank of the Van Duzen River to the Eel River, across the Eel on the Weymouth Bridge to Grizzly Bluff, and then back across the Eel again, on the East Ferry Bridge to Fortuna. This detour was in effect for two days, when the East Ferry Bridge washed out. Traffic was then detoured from Grizzly Bluff to Ferndale, then back across the Eel River to Fernbridge and on to Fortuna. This lasted just one day until the Weymouth Bridge washed out. Clearly, nature seemed to be getting out of hand.
The 1924 span was originally constructed for two lanes of opposing traffic, and was converted to two northbound lanes in 1952, following construction of the new southbound bridge. In 1974, the bridge was restricted to a single northbound lane because of the high accident rate resulting from the narrow lanes on this bridge. This was then the only single-lane section within a 104-mile stretch of Highway 101. When it was later rebuilt it was upgraded to current design standards including a bike lane.
Because of the span's characteristics and other factors, the bridge was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
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Where Old Trucks go to Die622 viewsNear Yreka.
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After the Storm578 viewsFebruary, 2006. The Eel River sure leaves behind a mess after it floods. That all gets swept away during the next one. This picture was taken from the levee at River Lodge. We're looking at the old schoolhouse in Grizzly Bluff on the Ferndale side of the river.
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Table Bluff Sunset887 views Photo by Mike Shoys, prints available at mashoys@gmail.com.

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