Eureka's Pacific coastal location on Humboldt Bay adjacent to abundant
redwood forests provided a rich environment for the birth of this 19th-century
seaport town. Beginning more than 150 years ago, miners, loggers, and fishermen
began making their mark in this pristine wilderness of the California North
Coast. Before that time the area was already occupied by indigenous peoples.
The Wiyot people lived in Jaroujiji (Wiyot: "where you sit and
rest"), the area now known as Eureka, for thousands