When Spanish explorers turned their ships north in the summer of 1775, they were searching for new territory for the Spanish crown. Nearly 300 miles north of San Francisco, they found safe harbor in a small but beautiful bay they called Trinidad. The Spaniards erected a large cross on Trinidad Head and left the Bay of Trinidad prominently marked on maps of what would become the fledgling state of California. Many came to Trinidad to seek their fortunes--from fur traders and Gold Rush miners to pioneer homesteaders and timber barons. They found the land already inhabited by indigenous Yurok tribes, whose ancestral home encompassed the entire greater Trinidad region, bound by three rivers and filled with a vast and ancient redwood forest. Today, after more than a century and a half of boom and bust, Trinidad is a seaside oasis.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
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About the Author
Dione F. Armand specializes in environmental history and is the author of Images of America: Eureka and Sequoia Park. She teaches history at the College of the Redwoods. Using vintage images from the Trinidad Museum Society and other local archives, Armand details the fascinating stories of the greater Trinidad region, providing a rare glimpse into its many eras and industries, peoples, and landscapes.
Table of Contents
Earliest Inhabitants 11
Old Town Trinidad 35
Trinidad Head Lighthouse 63
Trinidad Whaling Station 71
Trinidad Logging and Crannell 89
Trinidad Today 111