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, California
Fairhaven is located in California
Location in California
Fairhaven is located in the United States
Fairhaven (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°47′06″N 124°12′10″W / 40.78500°N 124.20278°W / 40.78500; -124.20278
CountryUnited States
CountyHumboldt County
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)707
FIPS code06-23196
GNIS feature ID2628729

Fairhaven (formerly Rolph) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) adjacent to Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. It is located 2.25 miles (3.6 km) west-southwest of downtown Eureka,[2] at an elevation of 10 feet (3.0 m) above sea level.[1]

In 1867, Hans Ditlev Bendixsen opened a ship building yard in Fairhaven. Bendixsen built many vessels for the lumber trade.[3] 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.[4]

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]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]


  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. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 58. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Turner, Dennis W. & Gloria H. (2010). Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium 1542-2009. Oangeval, CA: Dennis W. & Gloria H. Turner. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-9629617-2-4.
  4. ^ Leigh H. Irvine, History of Humboldt County California (Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1915) [1]
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.