Centerville, Humboldt County, California
Looking South along Centerville Beach
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
Centerville (formerly, Centerville City and Centerville Beach) is a former settlement in Humboldt County, California. It was located 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Ferndale, on the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m).
In 1857 Arnold Berding, a native of Germany arrived in Humboldt County and set up a store, hotel, livery and post office at the now-abandoned village of Centerville where Abraham Lincoln appointed him the first and only postmaster of the town.
In January 1860, residents provided assistance and shelter to survivors of the wrecked steamship Northerner. Shortly after the victims were buried in a mass grave marked by the Centerville Beach Cross the wreck salvage was sold at auction at Berding's Centerville store.
Centerville Beach is administered as a Humboldt County Park.
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