Another addictive site of historic photos

December 30, 2010

A big thanks goes to AJ, a visitor and blogger at ,  for referring us to the following.  is a seriously great site for those who enjoy historic photos.

Per the site:

By creating a free account on Shorpy you can share your own vintage photographs. Visitors to the site are particularly interested in images from the dawn of photography to the 1940s. Best of all, becoming a member is free!

I found some local photos by searching “Humboldt” and you may find others by using other local search terms/locations.

WARNING !  You may want to make sure you’ve got some time before you check it out, as you’ll want to stay awhile…


H Street, Arcata, c. 1913

December 29, 2010

H Street Arcata, c. 1913

It is very worth your while to keep clicking on this photo to enlarge.

There are business signs and people, as well as a  couple of horse and buggy combinations,  further up the street that are difficult to see in the smaller image. 

Bayside Railroad, c. 1910

December 27, 2010

Bayside Railroad, c. 1910 (McFarland)


Folks seemed to like the trains in Bayside…

I wish I had more info about a location but there was nothing else on the photo.

Eureka Railroad Depot

December 21, 2010

NW Pacific Railroad Depot, 2nd/A Streets, Eureka (Stine)

Bayside dump, c. 1905

December 20, 2010

Bayside: Dump at Gannon Slough, C 1905 (McFarland)

Loleta, 1912

December 17, 2010

Loleta, 1912 (Kier; Palmquist)

Logging Camp, Jacoby Creek, c. 1884

December 16, 2010

Jacoby Creek "Flanigan Bros", c. 1884 (Palmquist)

Pacific Telephone, Eureka 1914

December 14, 2010

Pacific Telephone, 6th/F Streets, Eureka, 1914 (Woods)


There are so many great details in the photo.  The March 1914 calendar for one.  The stove.  The dustpan, even, tells us something about these ladies and/or their employer.

As always, keep clicking on the photo to get greater detail.

N’ Joe Hill

December 13, 2010

“Nigger Joe Hill”, c. 1954 (HCHS)

First I apologize for the caption on the photo – it is horribly offensive.

Unfortunately it was the well-known name of that area of Eureka -which tells you something about the culture of Eureka in the 1950s.

I recently received this as a comment/question:

I was wondering if anyone knows much about ‘Joe’, one of the first black people to live in Eureka who built a house on County Lane, I think in 1912. I think I heard that he sold vegetables…..

Anything anyone could share would be greatly appreciated.

Bayside Store, c 1900

December 10, 2010

Will..., Richmond, McFarland, Stern, c. 1900 (McFarland)


The folks in Bayside are collecting photos and stories about their neighborhood for a special edition of the Arcata Eye and a community event to be held at the Bayside Grange sometime in January (I’ll post the details when we get closer to the date).

If you’ve got something you’re willing to share, please let me know and I’ll pass your contact info on to the organizers.