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Fort Seward, California


Fort Seward, California

Coordinates: 40°13′23″N 123°38′36″W / 40.22306°N 123.64333°W / 40.22306; -123.64333

Fort Seward
Unincorporated community
Fort Seward
Fort Seward
Location in California

Coordinates: 40°13′23″N 123°38′36″W / 40.22306°N 123.64333°W / 40.22306; -123.64333

Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 328 ft (100 m)

Fort Seward is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California.[1] It is located on the Eel River 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-northwest of Alderpoint,[2] at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m).[1]


A military camp called Fort Seward[3] was established during the Bald Hills War on September 25, 1861, by Major Charles S. Lovell following a series of skirmishes with the Indians along the Eel River. It was built on the location recommended by Lieutenant Joseph B. Collins, U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment:

"The best position for a post is, in my opinion, on Eel River, near the head of Larrabee Creek, about sixty-five miles southeast from Fort Humboldt. It should be built immediately, and garrisoned by at least one full company, with a sufficient number of mules and riding saddles to mount a party large enough (say thirty) to follow rapidly and chastise all Indians that may commit depredations within fifty miles of it. This I believe will soon put a stop to all depredations and give ample security to the inhabitants and their property. Without a post but little can be accomplished and proper protection is almost impossible. The roads will be good for pack animals during the dry season, and the facilities for building good; that is, for small dry houses."[4]

Fort Seward was decommissioned in 1862.[2] It was later the site where the captured Lassic Wailaki leader during the Bald Hills War and his men were killed by local militiamen in January 1863.[5]

A post office operated at Fort Seward from 1912 to 1972.[2] The name honors William H. Seward, Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln.[2]

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