William Carson came to Humboldt County to discover gold.
He found his fortune in Redwood!
In 1855 he shipped the first cargo of redwood lumber from Humboldt Bay to San Francisco, where previously only spruce and fir timber had been shipped. Over the next decade he was involved in numerous business activities including his partnership with John Dolbeer.
In 1864 William Carson married Sarah Wilson in San Francisco. Sarah was from his home town in New brunswick, Canada. They had four children, John Milton, Carlotta, Charles Sumner, and William Wilson. The Carsons owned a home in Bucksport where they lived in a small house. In 1872, they moved to a farmhouse on the bluff at the head of Second Street near the Carson and Dolbeer's Bay Mill. The Carson Family lived in this home until sometime after October 1885, when they moved into their new Mansion. In later years, a new mill office was built on the location of the Carson's small Second Street home. The home was moved to its present location on Third Street and is now operated as a Bed and Breakfast Inn.