Crannell, California

Crannell, California

Coordinates: 41°00′42″N 124°05′05″W / 41.01167°N 124.08472°W / 41.01167; -124.08472

—  Unincorporated community  —
21st century Crannell is on private land at the end of the access road from highway 101.
Crannell is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°00′42″N 124°05′05″W / 41.01167°N 124.08472°W / 41.01167; -124.08472
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 203 ft (62 m)

Crannell (formerly, Bullwinkel, Bulwinkle, and Crannel) is an unincorporated community 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]

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; and their 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] 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.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Crannell, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 44. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ a b c d Carranco, Lynwood (1982). Redwood Lumber Industry. Golden West Books. pp. 163,166&202. ISBN 0-87095-084-3. 
  4. ^ a b Borden, Stanley T. (1963). Railroads of Eureka. The Western Railroader. pp. 10–15. 

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