Today we visited Woodley Island and the Samoa Cookhouse. Woodley Island is a very small island containing Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation Area and the U.S. Coast Guard offices. In addition to the marina activities and recreation, the island is home to a locally-known landmark statue called The Fisherman, plus Table Bluff Lighthouse dating from 1892.
The Fisherman honors those "whom the sea sustained...and those it claimed." The statue was sponsored by the Commercial Fishermens Wives of Humboldt County through community donations. It was dedicated in 1981. Woodley Island is also the relocated home of the Table Bluff Lighthouse, which was moved to the island in 1987. Both the lighthouse and "The Fisherman," were created by renowned artist Dick Crane, commemorating the mariners who have lost their lives at sea. After we explored the island we decided to have lunch at the Samoa Cookhouse. Once you walk through the door, you will take a step back into the early days of the old lumber and logging industry.
As the last surviving cookhouse of the west, all meals are still served "lumber camp" style. Your food is brought to the table in large bowls and platters.. The fried chicken tasted just like the kind my mama use to make.
After eating we enjoyed the complimentary museum full of relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days. The Samoa Cookhouse has been serving up lumberjack-size meals since 1893. For the last twenty-odd years, the public has been invited to share in the bounty. It was awesome and we highly recommend it if you are in the area. More later from Eureka.