Honeydew, California

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Coordinates: 40°14′40″N 124°07′22″W / 40.24444°N 124.12278°W / 40.24444; -124.12278

Honeydew
Unincorporated community
Honeydew is located in California
Honeydew
Honeydew
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°14′40″N 124°07′22″W / 40.24444°N 124.12278°W / 40.24444; -124.12278
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 322 ft (98 m)

Honeydew (formerly, Honey Dew)[2] is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California.[1] It is located 17 miles (27 km) south of Scotia,[2] at an elevation of 322 feet (98 m), 15 miles (24 km) from the Pacific Ocean[1] in the Lost Coast, near the King Range. It has a general store, elementary school, post office, and a few houses nearby. Many of the locals live in the hills surrounding the Mattole valley, named after the Mattole River which runs through the valley. The ZIP code is 95545 and the community is inside area code 707.

History[edit]

The first post office at Honeydew opened in 1926.[2] Honeydew, Petrolia and Capetown were originally stagecoach and mail stops in the 1800s.

Transportation[edit]

The steepness and related geotechnical challenges of the coastal mountains made this stretch of coastline too costly for state highway or county road builders to establish routes through the area, leaving it the most undeveloped portion of the California coast. California State Route 1, which runs very close along the coast for most of the route's length, stops at Leggett and merges with U.S. Route 101, which runs several miles inland.

There are three roads leading to Honeydew: one comes from neighboring Southern Humboldt town of Garberville, which follows Wilder Ridge Road, another off U.S. Route 101 (State Highway) that runs through the Redwood forest, and another from Ferndale in the north. The Ferndale route, over what is locally known as "the Wildcat" (in reference to bobcats that reside in the area) offers scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and the neighboring town of Petrolia. All three routes traverse over twisting mountain roads, which can be treacherous in bad weather, especially during coastal fog conditions. The valley itself is at a confluence of climates. Just a few miles away to the west weather is often foggy and cool, while the interior valleys can reach summer temperatures of 100°F (38°C) and 100 inches (2,500 mm) of rain per year. It is wise for travelers in the area to prepare for quickly changing weather in all seasons, as there is very limited cell phone coverage, being primarily nearest the Honeydew General Store and the river valley flats nearby, should emergency help be required. Electricity and access to the area can be interrupted in inclement weather. People visiting the area are strongly encouraged to check local road reports should conditions change. Fuel is generally – but not always – available at the General Store, and at Petrolia, 15 miles (24 km) to the west.

Culture[edit]

Because of its isolated location, Honeydew retains a small town atmosphere. There are no motels in the town, but there are several campgrounds nearby. The local firefighters, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company, organize the "Roll on the Mattole" every summer to raise operating funds for the fire company. The region has a long history of sheep and cattle ranching.

There are three schools in the area: Honeydew Elementary School, Mattole Valley Triple Junction High School and Honeydew Charter School #159.[3]

The Mattole Grange is the main gathering place for community events.[4]

A locally owned development including a hardware store and other shops about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the town center, submitted for approval in 2009, was approved by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors in July 2013.[5]

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csb". (Mediterran Climate).[6]

Climate data for Honeydew, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
60
(16)
64
(18)
71
(22)
78
(26)
86
(30)
87
(31)
83
(28)
70
(21)
56
(13)
49
(9)
67.4
(19.8)
Average low °F (°C) 37
(3)
38
(3)
39
(4)
41
(5)
45
(7)
50
(10)
53
(12)
53
(12)
49
(9)
45
(7)
41
(5)
37
(3)
44
(6.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 20.55
(522)
12.87
(326.9)
13.06
(331.7)
6.93
(176)
2.58
(65.5)
0.37
(9.4)
0.2
(5)
0.7
(18)
0.78
(19.8)
6.68
(169.7)
17.14
(435.4)
18.51
(470.2)
100.37
(2,549.6)
Source: Western Regional Climate Center [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Honeydew, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 78. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Humboldt County Charter Schools
  4. ^ Mattole Grange #569
  5. ^ Stansburry, Linda, Honeydew's Hangout: Plans for new businesses could mean big changes for a one-store town, North Coast Journal, , accessed September 13, 2013
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "http://www.wrcc.dri.edu". Western Regional Climat Center. 2012.  Retrieved on June 1, 2014.

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