Near Loleta in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
History of the McBride Ranch
In 1850, Joseph and Zipporah Russ moved to Humboldt County from Maine to start a cattle and sheep ranch. The main buildings were built between 1915 and 1925 and included a barn, bunkhouse, cookhouse, calf house, and shop.
To create grazing and for the hundreds of cattle and sheep, the Russ family built the first dikes in the early 1900s. The main perimeter dike was built with a dredge, but many of the inside dikes were built by hand. Jupiter, the family's last dredge, was built by Stockton Ironworks in 1926.
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
Location. 40° 41.182′ N, 124° 12.434′ W. Marker is near Loleta, California, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Eel River Drive near Hookton Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loleta CA 95551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands (a few steps Historic Hunting on the, Refuge and Humboldt Bay (a few steps from this marker); Fields Landing Hotel (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bank of Loleta (approx. 3.3 miles away); Harold G Larsen (approx. 4.1 miles away); Humboldt Harbor Historical District (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fernbridge (approx. 4.9 miles away); Fort Humboldt (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loleta.
More about this marker. The McBride Ranch is located near the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.