Centerville, Humboldt County, California

Centerville, Humboldt County, California

Coordinates: 40°34′29″N 124°20′53″W / 40.57472°N 124.34806°W / 40.57472; -124.34806

Centerville
Former settlement

Looking South along Centerville Beach
Centerville
Centerville
Location in California

Coordinates: 40°34′29″N 124°20′53″W / 40.57472°N 124.34806°W / 40.57472; -124.34806

Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 13 ft (4 m)

Centerville (formerly, Centerville City and Centerville Beach)[2] is a former settlement in Humboldt County, California.[1] It was located 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Ferndale,[2] at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m).[1]

Centerville was founded in 1852, and served as a trans-shipment point for oil from Petrolia to Eureka and was at its height during the 1850s to the 1870s.[2]

In 1857 Arnold Berding, a native of Germany arrived in Humboldt County and set up a store, hotel, livery and post office at the now-abandoned village of Centerville where Abraham Lincoln appointed him the first and only postmaster of the town.[3]

In January 1860, residents provided assistance and shelter to survivors of the wrecked steamship Northerner.[5] Shortly after the victims were buried in a mass grave marked by the Centerville Beach Cross the wreck salvage was sold at auction at Berding's Centerville store.[6]

The Centerville Beach Cross Historic Marker was erected in 1921,[7] wrecked by the 1992 Cape Mendocino Earthquakes but rebuilt and rededicated afterwards.

Centerville Beach is administered as a Humboldt County Park.[7]



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