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Both Sides of the Bluff by Jerry Rohde

Both Sides of the Bluff: History of Humboldt County Places, volume 1Both Sides of the Bluff online and shipping is Free! Signed copies are $40 + tax, postage paid in the US. Books will be available in late October 2014.




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Both Sides of the Bluff is a 400-page place-based history of the lower Eel and Van Duzen rivers, Table Bluff, and south Humboldt Bay.

It is the first volume in a projected three-book series covering the history of all major locations in Humboldt County. In addition to an opening chapter on the area’s Indian tribes, 31 separate places are given chapter-length treatment, from Scotia to Fields Landing and from Hydesville to Centerville.

More than 200 photos and line-art images, drawn from more than a dozen different sources, illustrate a century’s worth of significant people, places, and events. A map portfolio provides detailed views of the area’s main cultural features.

The text includes numerous stand alone stories along with a chronological account of each location.

More than 2,500 endnotes provide the sources for virtually all the factual statements contained with the book. Both casual readers and serious history students should enjoy Both Sides of the Bluff.

More than 30 Places Are Given Individual Chapters
Alton, Arlynda Corners, Blanton and Myrick Prairies, Camp Weeott, Cannibal Island Area, Centerville, Cock Robin Island, Eel River Island Area, Felt Springs, Fernbridge, Ferndale, Fields Landing, Fortuna, Grizzly Bluff Area, Hookton, Howe Creek, Hydesville, Indianola (South), Loleta, Metropolitan, Nanning Creek and Scotia Bluffs, Newburg, Port Kenyon, Price Creek, Rio Dell, Rohnerville, Salmon Creek-Beatrice, Scotia, South Spit, Southport Landing Area, and Table Bluff.

About the Author
Jerry lupine jpegJerry Rohde has co-authored five books about the human and natural history of the Pacific Northwest, including Redwood National & State Parks: Tales, Trails, & Auto Tours and Traveling the Trinity Highway. His shorter work has appeared in the Humboldt Historian, North Coast Journal, and Redwood Record. He has served five times as president of the Humboldt County Historical Society, taught at Humboldt State University, and worked as a historian and ethnogeographer for the university’s Cultural Resources Facility. For the last three years he has conducted a free lecture series, sponsored by Pierson Building Supply, at local museums and granges. He and his wife (and co-author) Gisela Rohde have lived in Humboldt County since 1979. He has never met and old road, barn, or bridge he didn’t like.