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Near Loleta in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands

 
 
Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2019
1. Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands Marker
Captions: (left) 1916 Land-use Map; (bottom right) Hayfield in converted marshland, circa 1893. The Grizzly Bluff Creamery, circa 1890.
Inscription.  These historic images represent an earlier time when the low-lying wetlands and salt marshes around Humboldt Bay and the lower Eel River valley were largely drained and converted to agricultural uses.
Under the congressional Swamp and Overflow Lands Act of 1849, Euro-American settlers were encouraged to convert wetlands to pasture and croplands. Locally, these converted lands were used to graze dairy and beef cattle and grow crops such as hay, potatoes, barley, peas, and apples.
As you can see from the 1916 map to the left, the lands were converted piece by piece. In recent times as we have learned more about the values of wetland to fish, wildlife, water quality and recreation, we have restored some of these converted areas to as natural conditions as possible.
 
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge System.
 
Location. 40° 41.172′ N, 124° 12.435′ W. Marker is near Loleta, California, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Eel River Drive near Hookton Road. Touch for map
Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2019
2. Early Agricultural Use of the Bottomlands Marker
. 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. Historic Hunting on the, Refuge and Humboldt Bay (here, next to this marker); History of the McBride Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Fields Landing Hotel (approx. 2.7 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); Sequoia Park Zoo (approx. 7.1 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 parking lot.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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