Humboldt County

Pre-1905 Calif Death Index

Humboldt County was created in 1853 from the western portion of Trinity County. The county derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which was entered by a sea otter party in 1806, but was not rediscovered until 1849. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt. Territory which at one time was in Humboldt County is now in Del Norte County.

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