Fairhaven, California

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Coordinates: 40°47′06″N 124°12′10″W / 40.78500°N 124.20278°W / 40.78500; -124.20278

Fairhaven
Unincorporated community
Fairhaven is located in California
Fairhaven
Fairhaven
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°47′06″N 124°12′10″W / 40.78500°N 124.20278°W / 40.78500; -124.20278
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 10 ft (3 m)

Fairhaven (formerly, Rolph) is an unincorporated community located adjacent to Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California. It is located 2.25 miles (3.6 km) west-southwest of downtown Eureka,[2] at an elevation of 10 feet (3 m).[1]

In 1865, Hans Ditlev Bendixsen opened a ship building yard in Fairhaven. Bendixsen built many vessels for the lumber trade. Bendixsen constructed 92 sailing vessels between 1869 and 1901, including 35 three-masters. These included the C.A. Thayer which is now preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. [3]

The Rolph post office operated from 1918 to 1921. That name was for Governor James Rolph of California. The name Fairhaven was taken from Fair Haven, a neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fairhaven, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 58. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ History of Humboldt County California (by Leigh H. Irvine: Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1915) [1]