Crannell, California

Crannell (formerly, Bullwinkel, Bulwinkle, Crannel, and Camp Nine) is a former settlement in Humboldt County, California.[1] It is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southeast of Trinidad,[2] at an elevation of 203 feet (62 m).[1]

21st century Crannell is on private land at the end of Crannell Road from Highway 101.
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°00′42″N 124°05′05″W
CountryUnited States
CountyHumboldt County
Elevation203 ft (62 m)

The location was formerly a company town for sawmill workers of the Little River Redwood Company, organized in 1893 by owners in Ottawa and western New York. Company headquarters were in Tonawanda. The California sawmill commenced operations in 1908.[3] The post office opened in 1909 was named for property owner Conrad Bulwinkle. In 1922 the community was renamed for Little River Redwood Company president Levi Crannell.[2] The town was served by the Trinidad extension of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad from 1911 to 1933.[4]

The Hammond-Little River Redwood Company, Ltd. was formed in a 1931 merger with Hammond Lumber Company.[3] Crannell was called Camp Nine by the Hammond Lumber Company.[5] The Humboldt Northern Railway connection to Samoa, California was dismantled in 1948.[4] Hammond became a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1956.[3]

Worker housing was razed in 1969, but the site remained in use as an equipment storage and maintenance base for forestry operations of subsequent landowners.[2] The site was transferred to Louisiana-Pacific Corporation during a Federal Trade Commission action initiated in 1972.[3] Simpson Timber Company purchased the property on June 30, 1998, and subsequently became Green Diamond Resource Company around 2004. Green Diamond refers to the forested land as "Crannell Tree Farm".[6]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Crannell, California
  2. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 44. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. Carranco, Lynwood (1982). Redwood Lumber Industry. Golden West Books. pp. 163, 166&202. ISBN 0-87095-084-3.
  4. Borden, Stanley T. (1963). Railroads of Eureka. The Western Railroader. pp. 10–15.
  5. Turner, Dennis & Gloria (2010). Place Names of Humboldt County, California (2nd ed.). Orangeville, CA: Dennis W. & Gloria H. Turner. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-9629617-2-4.
  6. EMILY GURNON, A Gnawing Problem North Coast Journal Oct 14 2004
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