Grass Valley, California
December 23, 2000
In 1992, Ferndale suffered a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. There is little evidence of this event remaining; the home and businesses have been repaired. Occupying one of the many buildings that were damaged was retired schoolteacher who refused to believe that her home was leaning over to one side about four feet. It took some persuasive friends to get her to leave. Funds were raised to restore the building and put it on a proper foundation.
The main street of the town is 2 blocks long. Local grade school children had decorated small Christmas trees in front of store entrances.
Nestled between two stores on Main Street is a Victorian style playhouse. This tiny building, constructed by a local carpenter, had been given away in a raffle to a grandmother from Watsonville, CA. A Ferndale resident bought it from her and donated it back to the city. With the money from the sale, the grandmother started a college fund for her grandaughter.
Ferndale is a dairy farming area. Signs in store windows announced a Lighted Tractor Parade the following weekend. The starting time for the parade was "after milking".
From journal Eureka Lighted Truck Parade