Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Ferndale
Humboldt County California


Unlike the boom-and-bust lumber and mining towns of far northern California, Ferndale has always been a cow town. The dairy industry ensured stability and prosperity and the town reflects this in its numerous Victorian buildings. Main Street is lined with commercial buildings from the 1880's and 90's, and the back streets are dotted with gingerbread mansions and charming smaller houses and cottages.

"Victorian Ferndale" is a great place to visit, walk around, have a meal, stay in a bed and breakfast. It will be familiar to many as the setting for movies including "The Majestic" and "Outbreak", or its replica in the Legoland California Museum. Just get off Highway 101 at Fernbridge and drive across the cow pastures.



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Opposite the Oddfellows Hall on Main Street in Ferndale

(January 20, 2008)


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Ferndale is proud to be a "cow town"

(January 20, 2008)


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The Palace Saloon on Main Street

(January 20, 2008)


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The Victorian Inn at the west end of town

(January 20, 2008)


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The Gingerbread Mansion, a famous "bed and breakfast" hotel

(January 20, 2008)


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Berding Street, south of Main Street

(January 20, 2008)


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Church of the Asssumption - a landmark visible for miles across the Eel River Plain

(January 20, 2008)


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A campground and a replica of the Cape Mendocino lighthouse, housing its first-order Fresnel lens

(July 15, 2011)


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