Arcata’s Finest…

September 12, 2014


Source: Humboldt State University, Special Collections, Palmquist/Yale Collection [2012.02.0315]

I believe that it the Arcata Hotel behind them, which makes sense as it looks like they are standing in front of the old Arcata City Hall (which was where the newish commercial building at 9th & G Streets is now).



Arcata’s Phillips House-1955 Flood

September 9, 2014

Source: Historical Sites Society of Arcata []

Dredge on Humboldt Bay

September 7, 2014

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection, Palmquist/Yale

I remember having a dredge in the south end of Humboldt Bay– just west of CR and north of the Eucalyptus grove on Hwy 101 but after enlarging this photo, I don’t think this is it–notice the town/settlement on the left.

Please enlarge as there is a lot of great detail aside from the dredge (including the guy standing on it).


Fire at the Splendid Cafe

September 2, 2014


[HSU: Special Collections, Palmquist/Yale Collection].

Looking at the streetlamps, electrical wires and fire ladder, this doesn’t appear all that long ago.  Love “Splendid” Café and am sad it is no longer with us.

If you enlarge, you’ll notice the shirtless guy under the Bell public telephone sign and firefighters focused on their job…  Apparently once upon a time we also had the Golden Horn with “Beer on tap”  and the Royal Cafe.

Rio Dell-In the Heart of the Redwoods

August 30, 2014

Source: HSU, Special Collections

Some towns change a lot over the years. Rio Dell, not so much.

Hell on Wheels isn’t better than this…

August 28, 2014

So lately I’ve been watching a show on Netflix called Hell on Wheels, an AMC series about the building of the transcontinental railroad . I notice the hats sported by the characters on the show are the same as the ones worn by long-ago guests of the Pioneer Hotel – once located at Requa on the banks of the Klamath River. And they wear the same serious expressions.

The wild west was here too and I like that…



HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

Pacific Lumber Company-“World’s Largest Redwood Mill”

August 23, 2014
Source HSU Special Collection

Source HSU Special Collection (2012.02.0008)

I am guessing from the vehicles that this was taken in the 1940s–but I’m still studying up on my old cars so any help would be appreciated.




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