Southwest Humboldt Hinterlands

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By Jerry Rohde


A history of southwest Humboldt County, covering the years from 1850 to 1964, illustrated with over 200 full-color historical photographs and maps. Includes:

  • Accounts of the oil “boom” in Petrolia, the building of the Redwood Highway, and the race to protect the redwoods of the Bull Creek and Dyerville flats.
  • Stories about “sheriff” Ulysses S. Grant Myers, early- day environmentalist Laura Perrott Mahan, and Indian survivor George Burtt.
  • Images, in words and pictures, of once-important but now nearly forgotten places such as Capetown, Dyerville, Briceland, and Bull Creek.


All of this and more will recall the rich history of the 24 places that make up this remote corner of the country.



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The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt




United States History

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Rohde, Jerry. Southwest Humboldt Hinterlands. Humboldt State University Press, 2022.

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