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About ArcataFounded in 1858 as a mining supply center, Arcata also was where author Bret Harte once worked as a journalist and miner; he made the town the setting for some of his stories of mining camp life. Arcata also is home to Humboldt State University.

Southwest of town on Humboldt Bay is the 307-acre Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, a former industrial area and county landfill transformed to a breeding ground for more than 300 species of birds. Some 4.5 miles of foot trails wind past seven wetland habitats. The annual spring migration of marbled godwits and other shorebirds is observed during the Godwit Days Migratory Bird Festival, a 7-day April event featuring lectures, boat excursions and more than 100 observation field trips.

Visitor Centers Arcata Chamber of Commerce 1635 Heindon Rd. Arcata, CA 95521-5816. Phone:(707)822-3619

Self-guiding ToursThe chamber of commerce has maps showing points of interest in Humboldt County, a walking tour of Victorian houses and Redwood Park, a city park within the Arcata Community Forest.

Things to Do Azalea State Natural Reserve

Humboldt State University Natural History Museum

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Arcata, CA

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