Humboldt County is named for Alexander von Humboldt, who was a German naturalist and explorer.
Created: May 12, 1853
Eureka 1853 – present
County Courthouse – Eureka
Location: 825 Fifth Street / I Street
Built: 1955 - 1956
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 the city. 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. On the east side is the Jail.
See: The architect, Mitchell Van Bourg also designed the courthouse in Stanislaus County.
Note: The previous and first courthouse was a three story structure designed by Curtis & Bennett and built from 1885 to 1889. The building was torn down when the present courthouse was constructed and the old cornerstone was preserved.
N – Del Norte County
S – Mendocino County
W – Pacific Ocean
Cornerstone 1885 Courthouse
Photos taken 2015