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Fortuna & The Eel River Valley Book
The Fortuna Depot Museum is proud to announce the release of the local pictorial history Fortuna and the Eel River Valley, published in July 2011. The book is produced by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.

Fortuna and the Eel River Valley features 230 historic photographs from the collections of community members, the Depot Museum, and organizations such as the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department.

Authors Alex Service, Depot Museum Curator, and Susan O'Hara, Rio Dell teacher and Chair of the Fortuna Historical Commission, tell the stories of the Eel River Valley's growth and change. Using a thematic approach, they explore the region from Dyerville to Loleta. The book features photographs from the period 1860 - 1976.

Pictures in Fortuna and the Eel River Valley give glimpses into crucial elements of the valley's history. Harvesting, milling and shipping of redwood lumber provided the economic mainstay for nearly 100 years. The fertile Eel River Valley became known for its apples, potatoes, and a large dairy industry. Relative isolation ended in 1914 with the completion of the railroad from San Francisco, and in the 1920s, expanded automobile traffic brought growing numbers of tourists to the redwood forests.

Available at the Depot Museum, the River Lodge gift shop, Fortuna Ace Hardware, Walgreens in Fortuna and Rain All Day books, Fortuna and Eel River Valley retails at $21.99. It is also available through online booksellers and at The royalties from every copy sold (8% of the purchase price) go to support the Fortuna Depot Museum.

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