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Blue Lake
Humboldt County, California


Where the Sunshine and Sea Air Meet

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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Blue Lake is approximately 1,110 (2006), 1253 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 556 (2000), 542 (2010).
The amount of land area in Blue Lake is 1.603 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Blue Lake is 0.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Blue Lake to Washington DC is 2582 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 214 miles. (as the crow flies)
Blue Lake is positioned 40.88 degrees north of the equator and 123.99 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Blue Lake elevation is 100 feet above sea level.
Blue Lake median income is $ 34,400 (2005).
The Blue Lake median home price is $ 268,000 (2005).


in northern California about 113 miles from Redding. Other nearby communities include Arcata, North Coastal, McKinleyville, Myrtletown, Eureka, Cutten, Westhaven-Moonstone and Pine Hills.
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History & History Related Items

There actually was a blue lake that was a water feature created by a flood of the Mad River and is located just south of the downtown. The historic lake is now a small freshwater marsh of about 3.5 acres. The citizens of Blue Lake are interested in restoring the historic lake and making it into an open space for the public but have yet to secure the funding for the project.
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The incorporation of Blue Lake



Blue Lake Museum
330 Railroad Ave
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-4188

Dell Arte Mad River Festival
Held in June and July each year
Place: Various venues in Blue Lake and nearby Arcata
Time: TBA
Sponsored by: Dell'Arte International
The annual Mad River Festival attracts audiences and performers from around the world and throughout the Humboldt area for a month long series of performances of comedy, original theatre, music and spectacle. For a full MRF schedule, or for more information on Dell'Arte International, visit or call 707-668-5663.

The Historic Worthington House Inn
An Italianate Victorian home built in 1887.
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Blue Lake City Government

City of Blue Lake

Blue Lake City Hall
111 Greenwood Ave
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-5655

Blue Lake Historical Events

Elgar's Hotel, Restaurant and Filling Station
During late summer of 1976 at Elgar's station on Blue Lake Blvd., Blue Lake's only VW repair opened its doors. The tiny right-hand section of the tire warehouse was cleaned out, partitioned off and leased for two months at $ 75 per month. With a small box of misc. tools and a floor jack, Paul hand painted the name The Small Time Garage and waited for his first customer.

Utilizing a small card-size ad of a VW microbus in the college newspaper, Paul's repair facility established itself in the community. Though it was difficult at first (he had to ask for the money to buy plugs, points and oil before doing a tune-up) it wasn't too long before The Small Time Garage was properly out-fitted with a new tool cabinet and all the essential tools for complete VW repair. A milestone came when a customer's VW engine could be rebuilt with all the parts coming from the small shop's shelves. The Small Time Garage lasted 'till 1985 when Paul closed its doors to begin his next adventure. Many thanks to all his loyal customers.

Oct 1885
Lancaster Platt Lupton
Buried in Blue Lake
B. 21 Sept 1807
D. Oct 1885

Mr. Lupton graduated from West Point in 1829. He was a member of the original First Dragoons formed in 1833. In 1836, he left the army to become manager of a fur trading post in what is now Colorado, called Fort Lancaster (also called Fort Lupton). This man also established a fur trading post called Fort Platte, in what is now Wyoming. He lived to be 78 years old and deserves to be remembered in the Blue Lake history column. . He and his Indian wife and, I think, some of the family, were buried in the old Scottsville Cemetery. Revis Courtright had his body and that of his Cheyenne Indian wife moved from the old Scottsdale cemetery. They are now buried in Blue Lake

There is a creek near Blue Lake called Lupton. He is frequently noted in books on the fur trade in the west. He has monuments to him in three states. He eventually took his family, after he tried gold mining, and moved back into the hills. Some of his Indian children did better than others. The South Platte Valley Historical Society in Fort Lupton, Colorado (named after Mr. Lupton) is rebuilding his fur trading post there.

Blue Lake Chamber

Blue Lake, California Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 476
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-5655

Blue Lake Organizations

Blue Lake, California Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 476
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-5655

Blue Lake Libraries

Blue Lake Library
111 Greenwood
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-4207

Blue Lake Schools

Blue Lake Elementary School
631 Greenwood Ave
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-5674

Green Point Elementary School
Redwood Valley Rd
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: 707-668-5921 Blue Lake


The population of Blue Lake was:
1990 - 1235
2000 - 1,135
2006 - 1,110
Median age:
2000 - 38.8 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 32,500
2005 - $ 34,400

Median house value:
2000 - $ 119,000
2005 - $ 268,000

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