The Josiah Gregg Expedition

The Josiah Gregg Expedition (HM1Q9R)

Location: Eureka, CA 95501 Humboldt County
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N 40° 48.118', W 124° 9.611'

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After finding Humboldt Bay from the sand dunes near Fairhaven on December 20, 1849, the Dr. Josiah Gregg exploring party reached the present site of Eureka. December 26, passing an open area near this point, to camp by an Indian village close to today's Fort Humboldt. At the junction of Eel and Van Duzen Rivers, a dispute separated the party. Dr. Gregg and three men tried to reach civilization via the coast, but were forced to turn inland. Near Clear Lake a weakened Dr. Gregg died. L.K. Wood, leading the dissenting members of the party, reached the Mark West Ranch in Sonoma, February 17, 1850. Word of the discovery of the bay became known and a dozen ships raced north from San Francisco to locate the lost harbor. The Laura Virginia Association finally entered Humboldt Bay in April 1850, benefiting from the Gregg Expedition's work and hardships.
Members of the party:
Dr. Josiah Gregg
Thomas Sabring
J.B. Truesdell
Isaac Wilson
L.K. Wood
David A. Buck
C. Southard
Mr. Van Duzen
Dedicated June 14, 1976 by the Eureka Bicentennial Commission.
HM NumberHM1Q9R
Year Placed1976
Placed ByEureka Bicentennial Commission
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Date Added Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 402134 N 4517421
Decimal Degrees40.80196667, -124.16018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 48.118', W 124° 9.611'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 48' 7.08" N, 124° 9' 36.66" W
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Area Code(s)707, 510
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 551 K St, Eureka CA 95501, US
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