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Loleta Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 7 photos

Many dairy ranches in Loleta

The small town of Loleta is surrounded by dairy farms and livestock ranches. Many acres seperate the farms. Many of them contribute to our cheese, milk, and other dairy products that are used.
An old Humboldt County Great Register for 1888 indicates Samuel Swauger, a 59-year-old native of Pennsylvania, ranched on what is now Loleta and registered to vote the previous year.

The late historian M.A. Parry, who wrote his masters thesis at Humboldt State University on Loleta, said Eel River & Eureka Railroad built Swauger's Station, now Loleta, in 1886. `From 1884 to 1886 the station amounted to no more than an uncovered loading platform standing beside a short length of track,' he wrote. In 1898, as traffic increased, a new and larger depot was constructed. Swauger Station had been on the old structure, while `Loleta' appeared on the new.

Parry had this to say about the name of Swauger and Loleta: `In 1897, a faction of the community not satisfied with the name of the town, settled on `Loleta' as what they wanted in place of `Swauger's Station.' The word was of Indian origin and was said to mean `pleasant place.' Actually it was three Indian words, `Lo-le-tah,' meaning, `pleasant place at the end of the water.' Loleta was just that; a pleasant place at the end of Hawk's Slough which no longer extends so far inland.'

By adopting Loleta as the town name, the community did no more than adopt the name the community's Indians had used for years. The name became official in February 1897 when Will Perrott filed a map with the county recorder entitled `Loleta--Amended Map of Swauger's.' The railroad company and the post office followed suit the following year.

I took this picture from the main road that goes through Loleta. There are many roads that will take you by the farms and ranches. It was raining, so I didn't drive around that much.

Blue Coach Antiques Store

It was closed, so I could not ask any questions about it. On the top of the building is the date 1893, so this building has been there awhile!

Pretty white church

This probably isn't the only church in Loleta, but it sure was a pretty one. I took this picture as I was driving out of the town to head back to Eureka.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small country town, close to the ocean and mild temperatures
  • Cons:None that I can think of
  • In a nutshell:Great small town community to raise your children in!
  • Last visit to Loleta: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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