Humboldt County

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Humboldt County is named for Alexander von Humboldt, who was a German naturalist and explorer.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Del Norte County

E – Siskiyou County and Trinity County 

S – Mendocino County

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  May 12, 1853                                                  Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Eureka  1853 – present


County Courthouse – Eureka 


Location:  825 Fifth Street / I Street

Built:  1955 - 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Mitchell Van Bourg and Gerald Matson

Contractor:  Dinwiddie Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a five story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Eureka. On the east side is the five story section with vertical concrete pilasters with horizontal windows between. On the west side is the three story section with recessed first story and white colored concrete on the second and third stories. At the junction of the two section is the glass entrance with large mural above. The building houses the County Superior Court. On the east side is the County Jail.


See:  The architect, Mitchell Van Bourg also designed the courthouse in Stanislaus County.


See:  The county is located in the 1st Appellate District of the Court of Appeal – San Francisco.


History:  The county was created in 1853 and Eureka was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was a three story structure designed by Curtis & Bennett and built from 1885 to 1889. The building was torn down when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956.




County Courthouse – Eureka






















Cornerstone 1885 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2015