Enjoying a beer in Blue Lake (c. 1880)


Having a beer in Blue Lake

After a hard day’s work, maybe?

I imagine those barrels are full of beer.  Notice that the bottled beer came all the way from Chicago…



5 Responses to Enjoying a beer in Blue Lake (c. 1880)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Con Acorn? Like to know the story on that fellow’s name!

  2. Ben says:

    I have heard stories that entire boxcars full of beer were frequently unloaded at Fort Seward during the ’50s and ’60s timber boom. It took oceans of beer to lubricate the timber industry.

    • lynette77 says:

      I believe it. It will be interesting to see what they find in Falk. It was supposedly a “dry” town…. but I’m guessing they’ll dig up some bottles that say otherwise.

      I found what I think is an old outhouse on our property and pulled up a bunch of whiskey bottles…. folks had a habit of hiding their habit, perhaps?

  3. shsch says:

    If you click on the photo, it links you to the data for this photo from the Humboldt University Humboldt Room photo collection. Here’s the information.BTW it’s “Lon” not “Con” Acorn.

    Collection: Palmquist
    Photo ID: 2003.01.0235
    Date: 1880s
    Alt Title: [Four men sitting atop barrels holding tools and glasses of beer, in Blue Lake]
    Names: Geer, Captain; Smith, George; Acorn, Lon; Garner, Mr.
    Subjects: Blue Lake; Portraits – Male; Recreation
    Author’s Number:
    Region: 04 – Arcata to Blue Lake to Korbel.
    Comments: pp695

    Representation Size Condition Color Medium
    copy 1 4×5 in good b/w photoprint
    copy 1 4×5 in good b/w photographic negative

  4. anonymous says:

    Thanks for the correction, shsch!

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