Dolbeer Donkey Days

EUREKA – All aboard! Once a year community members blow off steam as they gather at Fort Humboldt for some “on-the-rails” fun.

This weekend they celebrated the invention of the steam donkey which revolutionized the logging industry and was invented by Eureka resident John Dolbeer.

Before his invention, loggers had to use teams of 16 oxen to get the job done. The steam donkey that residents rode today was built in 1892, and is one of about 16 locomotives (from that time period) that still operate left in the country today.