Fortuna, California Photos, Information, Hotels

 

Fortuna, the largest city in southern Humboldt County, sits in the Eel River Valley on the edge of one of the most beautiful redwood forests in the world.  This old growth redwood section of Humboldt County is a major tourist attraction.  Almost one in five of the remaining ancient trees are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located just a few miles south of Fortuna. The Avenue of the Giants and the Bull Creek Road pass through some of the remaining forests. Located 250 miles north of San Francisco, the city is home to over 10,000 residents.

 

With several hotels located in the city not far from lumber mills and the lumber industry, Fortuna's scenic location is part of a destination package you'll enjoy along the Redwood Coast.

 

When you drive through town, you'll notice several signs announcing you've arrived. There are also murals painted on the sides of buildings that depict the history of Fortuna, including one that also includes the town's original name, Springville. Slide and Springville actually merged to form Fortuna which means good fortune.

 

The downtown shopping area includes an old theatre with a great sign, offices buildings, furniture stores, churches, schools, the chamber of commerce and most the essentials located close to each other so you don't spend a lot of time in town driving.

 

For those visiting the nearby village of Ferndale and the cultural heart of this region, Eureka, you may time your visit for some of the fun events in Fortuna.  The region rains quite a bit so just bring an umbrella and it will serve you well, just in case you should arrive on one of the days. With over 40 inches of rainfall per year average, it pays to know when to visit the north coast of California. We found this handy chart to help you plot the maximum opportunity.

 

Fortuna Weather Chart

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High 55° 57° 57° 58° 62° 65° 68° 68° 70° 66° 58° 54°
Avg. Low 38° 40° 41° 44° 46° 50° 52° 52° 50° 47° 44° 38°
Mean 47° 48° 50° 51° 54° 58° 60° 61° 60° 57° 52° 47°
Avg. Precip. 8.3 in 6.7 in 7.1 in 3.5 in 1.3 in 0.4 in 0.1 in 0.4 in 0.9 in 3.1 in 7.7 in 8.5 in

 

Fortuna is known as The Friendly City but was originally called Slide because of the huge slides in the area. Changed to Springville because of natural springs for which a mill was named. When mail began arriving in town, however, it was officially delivered to Slide.  On July 3, 1888, the town and post office were officially named Fortuna, meaning good fortune.

 

Like most every city of its time, Fortuna needed transportation to move its huge shipments of lumber and finally got the rails in late 1914. There's a railroad depot in Rohner Park now serving as a free museum open to the public. It maintains records and photographs of the Fortuna's railroad history along with its commerce.

 

For those who seek information about visiting Fortuna, the Chamber of Commerce offers visitor information. Fortuna hosts events such as the spring Daffodil Show in March, Paddle to the Headwaters canoe race in April, Art & Wine in the Park in June, the Fortuna Rodeo and Fortuna Redwood Autorama in July, Civil War Days in September, the Apple Harvest Festival in October and the Electric Lighted Parade and Christmas Music Festival in December. Fortuna Chamber of Commerce: 735 14th Street, Fortuna, CA 95540  Call:  (707) 725-3959