Redwood National Park Forest

Historic Ferndale near Avenue of the Giants

Humboldt County south of Eureka, CA


Copyright 2009 - 2015 by Mario Vaden


Ferndale is an interesting village town known for the Victorian buildings, some called Butterfat Palaces. They were constructed when considerable wealth was available for the dairy industry, especially the 1880s.

The entire town of Ferndale, California, is a historical landmark.

Ferndale is a tiny class-act worth keeping in mind when you travel between redwood parks. There are plenty of things to do, including restaurants, shopping and architecture.

The photograph above shows the historic Victorian Inn on the corner of Ocean x Main streets, built 1891 as the Russ-Williams Bank. It included a millinary store, haberdashery and the Ferndale Enterprise newspaper.


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Victorian Inn at Ferndale historic town


Ferndale has been the endpoint for the annual Kinetic Sculpture race, and a film location featured in movies like The Majestic, Outbreak and Salemís Lot.

And Ferndale was also used twice for Star Trek.

Ferndale vs. Coeur d'Alene for Worlds Tallest

Michael Taylor by waterfall in Siskiyou National Forest after pine discovery news story

December 2010, I measured a spruce at Ferndale, at that time considered the 2nd tallest live Chrismas tree in the USA: reported 150' tall. I got 151.25' using a hand-held laser, and 8.37' diameter with a tape wrap.

Some sources listed a 161' Idaho pine as the tallest, but Ferndale Chamber of Commerce site said their spruce was tallest.

Apparently, firemen removed lights from the Ferndale spruce January, 2011, and measured a surprising gain to 162'. "Old school ... tape measure and a plumb bob"

Through back channels, I heard that the Idaho pine has been several pines. My December measurement triggered a news story in the Coeur d'Alene news:

Ferndale Spruce vs. Coeur d'Alene Pine

If anyone is willing to sponsor a measuring expedition, I'm game to come back to Ferndale with someone like Michael Taylor. Meanwhile,

I repeated the measurement April 2011 using a tripod mounted laser and got 151.5 feet. I heard that engineers, 2 months earlier, got 152.5 feet. Although engineers are not evergreen experts, their measurement is close to the real height.

Feel free to read, download and share my report on the Ferndale spruce

Download ... M. D. Vaden Ferndale Spruce Report


More Ferndale

Official City of Ferndale Online

That Ferndale site should list the Chamber of Commerce, which provides more information about this town.


One more photo from Ferndale. The historic Gingerbread Mansion

Gingerbread Mansion at Ferndale historic landmark town