Fortuna’s Love of Cars Continues …

July 26, 2014
Source: County of Humboldt Collection

Source: County of Humboldt Collection

Shoot, this may be one of my favorite photos–there are so many fantastic details.

PLEASE click to enlarge and you’ll notice the Fortuna Theater, playing When a Man’s a Man, on the left  and that the town loved cars long before this weekend’s Auto Xpo.

Check out the billboards on the left. Looks like they also had two fueling stations, tire shop AND a garage/repair shop.  And is that a Chevy Dealership on the left?

Check out the AutoExpo down in Fortuna this weekend and you may see some of these very same cars cruising Main Street.

Arcata’s H Street 100 Years Ago

July 25, 2014

Please click to enlarge and enjoy the lovely detail.

Tin Can Mailman building on the right, Minor Theater on the left, 1913

HSU Special Collection: 1999.07.0008

HSU Special Collection: 1999.07.0008

tin can



Arcata Minor-Today

Blue Lake’s Perigot Park-Music Fest Now (and pic from “then”)

July 24, 2014
County of Humboldt Collection

County of Humboldt Collection

Park looks a little different now but still a lot going on, including a music festival this Saturday (July 26)…

Hydesville-3 Miles from Alton and…

October 22, 2013


I seem to have an inexplicable fondness for old highway signs . This is Hydesville [HSU: Palmquist/Yale Collection]


Who doesn’t love a man doing laundry…

October 19, 2013


Please, PLEASE do click to keep enlarging this photo. The pulleys and hand cranks and other details are amazing. The tub on the left says “Troy” Laundry… [HSU Special Collection/Palmquist/Yale Collection]

Cafe Waterfront-Then and now

October 17, 2013



102 F ST – CAFÉ WATERFRONT Originally: THE WAVE SALOON/THE WEAVER BLDG.    (1st & F St) Style: Eastlake   Built:  1892   This building remains substantially unaltered from its original design.   Originally the Wave Saloon, a gathering place for fishermen, stevedores and  later on, loggers.  “The Bluebird Rooms”  (a brothel) were on the second floor. [Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau]

Lots (and lots) of Crab

October 16, 2013

Women Processing Crab [HSU: Palmquist/Yale Collection]

Unfortunately many of the photos from this collection are undated. The digital cataloger estimated that the photo was taken in Humboldt (likely Eureka) sometime in the 1970s.


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