Fairhaven, California

Fairhaven (formerly Rolph) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) adjacent to Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. It is located 2.25 miles (3.6 km) west-southwest of downtown Eureka,[2] at an elevation of 10 feet (3.0 m) above sea level.[1]

Fairhaven, California
Location in California
Fairhaven (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°47′06″N 124°12′10″W
CountryUnited States
CountyHumboldt County
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)707
FIPS code06-23196
GNIS feature ID2628729

In 1867, Hans Ditlev Bendixsen opened a ship building yard in Fairhaven. Bendixsen built many vessels for the lumber trade.[3] Bendixsen constructed 92 sailing vessels between 1869 and 1901, including 35 three-masters. These included the C.A. Thayer which is now preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.[4]

The Rolph post office operated from 1918 to 1921. That name was for Governor James Rolph of California. The name "Fairhaven" was taken from Fair Haven, a neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut.[2]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fairhaven, 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. 58. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. Turner, Dennis W. & Gloria H. (2010). Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium 1542-2009. Oangeval, CA: Dennis W. & Gloria H. Turner. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-9629617-2-4.
  4. Leigh H. Irvine, History of Humboldt County California (Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1915)
  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.

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