The Eureka Woolen Mill

October 13, 2014


Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [Palmquist/Yale 2012.02.0106]



The first photo was a random find-but a little internet search turned up the second graphic and Wikipedia (yeah, I know it isn’t gospel but can still be useful) provided the following. I didn’t know a simple photo could lead to something that makes me sad but it sounds like the demolition of this building was quite a loss…


Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill manufactured woolen cloth from 1901 to after World War II. The mill was listed as a National Historic Monument but demolished by the City of Eureka in 1987.


When the Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill was built in 1901, the company was capitalized to $100,000[2] by several local businessmen including timber mill owner, William Carson,[3]sheep rancher Hugh Webster McClellan,[4] and rancher Robert Porter who continued as Vice-President of the newly formed company.[2] According to the 1902 Illustrated Map of Eureka, the other officers included J.W. Henderson, President and N. McMillan, Secretary.

The Mill manufactured woolen fabrics from 1901 until it closed after World War II.[5] After sitting empty for many years, it was listed on the National Register on 25 June 1982,[1] but it only survived five more years.[6] After the city designated it a dangerous building in 1987, local preservationists and the Eureka Heritage Society tried to get funding to rehabilitate it, but it was torn down in the same year.[5]

The Mill was described as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture[6] and one of the few industrial buildings historically not associated with timber or fishing.[5] Some architectural features of the Mill were saved by historians before the demolition.[5] The site is currently a chain pharmacy, a grocery store and parking.[5] The destruction of this building rallied community activists to save other historically significant structures in Eureka.[5]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “National Register Information System”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Robert Porter”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  3. Jump up^ McDonald, Jill; Jim Morrison, John Disiere and Linda Disiere (2007). “Carson the Man & Times”. Carson Mansion History. The Ingomar Club, Eureka, California.
  4. Jump up^ “Webster McClellan 1836-December 31, 1911”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f “Draft City of Eureka Historic Preservation Plan”. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b Overhold, Ken (Editor) (1987, Second Edition 1994). Eureka: An Architectural Heritage. Eureka, California: Eureka Heritage Society. p. 270. ISBN 0-9615004-0-9. Check date values in:|date= (help)

Dutch & Wally’s Takes Blue Chip Stamps, 1966

October 7, 2014

Cover the earth (with Paint)


Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [Palmquist/Yale Collection 2012.02.0318]

According to the HSU website, this was on H Street in Arcata.

I was just a little girl but remember my mother collecting  Blue Chip Stamps…


faint Line on pregnancy test

October 5, 2014


Avatars [not real people –like blog spammers]

I realized today that visitors without blogs may miss the entertaining spam comments that bloggers must get regularly (I’ve never asked other bloggers but I have to assume I’m just not that special). WordPress does a pretty good job of catching and weeding them out, but here’s a few posted by “headphones for the tv”, “chicken coop run” and “faint Line on pregnancy test” (faint Line was the one that let us know about breakfast-see below, and yes, Line was the only capitalized word in the name).

I figure this is (sorta) history-related as it captures an interesting phenomenon that won’t exist forever (in this form, at least).

Someday we’ll see the spam that DIDN’T make it through…

Recent Blog Comments…

  • Very soon this web site will be famous among all blogging and site-building viewers, due to it’s fastidious content [blogger’s note-I left the apostrophe but yes, I know it is not suppose to be there. Ok, I was pretty sure I knew but DID Google it to double check–after all, I  have “fastidious content”.  And I AM GOING TO BE FAMOUS ! ]
  • At this time I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming again to read more
  • There are also French Pleats, European Pleats and Goblet Pleats, amongst others, which are slipped over hooks set in a wireless headphones professional style [Wait. What???].   Try mixing and matching the textures and patterns needed to match the color of the room.Not since the beginning of the office project, I deliver some patterns that may suit your taste. Curtains are wireless headphones not only outdoor, but also can sometimes solve problems you may have a border or valance where you’ll find more color.

Doin’s at the Arcata Train Depot

September 25, 2014


Arcata.Depot.C1950s.HSU.2012.02.0314 (1)

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection  [2012.02.0314]

With all the banners and folks around, I think it was more than just a train they were waiting for-but can’t quite figure out what it was. I think the banner on the building may say “something something railway club” and from the vehicles, I’d guess 1950s…

Guy with the receding hairline and bigger (camera?) bag around his shoulder may be a reporter…?  And I like how the teens separated from the adults and gathered in the foreground.


Eureka’s Old JC Penny and the Cherry Blossom Pastry Shop

September 24, 2014

Please click to enlarge and see the billboard trashcan and other great details. Traffic is kinda heavy (and 2 way) and downtown seems booming. It is also fun to recognize so many of the buildings–not much has changed in the last 60+ years.


Source: Humboldt State University Special Collections {Palmquist/Yale: 2012.02.0003]

Arcata Memorial Road Race, 1957

September 23, 2014




Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [2012.02.1154]

I found this photo by accident but then wondered at the description–The First Annual LOU BRERO MEMORIAL ROAD RACE.

I did a little more digging and found this in the April 2011 Edition of the Formula Speed Magazine The Wheel.  I had never heard the story before…

Brero Memorial



Cattle on the Plaza

September 15, 2014


Humboldt State University Special Collection, Palmquist/Yale [2003.01.1571]

HSU doesn’t have a date for this one, but it is pretty great and the two buildings on the right are still standing.


Unfortunately the old Arcata City Hall is not.

I believe the Historical Sites Society of Arcata was founded after this old beauty was razed.


Humboldt State University Special Collection, Palmquist/Yale [2003.01.3576]


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