Minor’s Mausoleum

March 27, 2012

Isaac Minor's Mausoleum, Arcata Cemetery

I guess this was what he wanted…?


Early Photo of Arcata (from the cemetery)

March 26, 2012

Arcata Cemetery

So my plan was to move right along with the Minor/quarry/mausoleum theme, but then I enlarged this photo and got all distracted by the names on the other headstones and the view of the hillside behind the cemetery.

I would love to get a current photo of Arcata from that same place.  If anyone has the time and inclination to get a picture,  please send it on to me.

And as always, just keep clicking to enlarge the photo.

Hunt is an old and familiar Arcata name–anyone have a kid with braces out there?


Issac Minor’s Granite Quarry (near Arcata)

March 25, 2012

Humboldt State University -Palmquist Collection

Minor's Quarry


High Water in Ferndale, 1909

March 19, 2012

I thought the recent rains made this a good time to post this photo.


Make Your ART Your Business

March 19, 2012

I am currently helping at the North Coast Small Business Development Center part-time (in addition to the D.A.’s Office) and am organizing “Flights” , which are 7-8 month programs targeting specific types of small businesses.

This has nothing to do with history, but thought I’d take advantage of my blog’s listing on the North Coast Journal’s Blog Watch to help get the word out. You can also email me at the SBDC at mullen@northcoastsbdc.org for more info or to get an application.

North Coast SBDC Art Flight Info


Squirrel or a lamp post?

March 16, 2012

Or Camp Grant?

That title was about as random as I could make it for a reason–and blog visitor Skippy is helping to make my point.

No one could identify Fort Grand or the Hausels. Maybe (though I’m not claiming we know for sure) that is because this is CAMP GRANT and the HANSELLS (Skippy’s very plausable theory).

I’ve lectured on this type of thing before but it has been a while.   Please, everyone, mark your photos clearly.  Then scan ’em if you haven’t. Print ’em if all you have are electronic copies.  Both are vulnerable. 

And if you have cool old photos and want to share, email them to me  at historyaddicts@gmail.com  and I’ll post them here. We’d love to see them.

The following came from Skippy.  Thanks Skip !

Here’s my guess about this picture:
 
It’s not Fort Grand, but Camp Grant near Dyerville on the Eel River.  It’s an easy misnomer to make.  Camp Grant was a military camp under the jurisdiction of Fort Humboldt.  Perhaps Fort and Camp were used interchangeably or confused altogether, and also Grand vs. Grant, too.  When I first saw the picture, this was the location I had immediately in my mind.

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This is 219 5th Street, Eureka (4/26/19)

March 16, 2012

Eureka, c. 1919 (County of Humboldt Collection. Source: Jim Hill)

The title for the post came from the business sign, top right (which I loved).

The advent of the automobile was clearly a economic boon to Eureka (keep clicking to enlarge the photo, then check out the businesses and you’ll see what I mean).


Bucksport, c. 1858

March 14, 2012

Bucksport, c. 1858 (County of Humboldt Collection)

So many things make this cool that it is really a wonder I haven’t posted this picture before.

I love Table Bluff in the background. And the pennisula to the right. The rider on the horse and someone walking on the road. This photo does make me wonder, though, where the Indian Village was located.

Two years after this painting was done, it was believed that all who lived in that village were killed…  I may enjoy the tangents, but the original driver for this blog, the murder that began an obsession.  is never far from my thoughts.


Where is Hausel Ranch, Fort Grand ?

March 14, 2012

Fort Grand, Hausel Ranch (County of Humboldt Collection)

Couldn’t find Fort Grand and Ancestry.com came up with “zero good matches”  for Hausels in Humboldt County.

Anyone out there know anything about the Hausels or Fort Grand? And I realize I may be making the erroneous assumption that a photo in the Humboldt County Collection is actuallly from Humboldt…  Either way I liked the photo and hope you guys do too…


Eureka Inn, 1932

March 12, 2012

Eureka Inn, 1932 (County of Humboldt Collection)

Sometimes (believe it or not) I have some sort of plan when I post, some point to make. Other times I’m just looking through my old photos and think “Holy Cow ! This is cool.”  This was one of those times.

 I actually bought an old desk and some file cabinets from the…. what, salvage sale (?), someone had at the Inn some years ago right after it closed.  The desk is lovely and the file cabinets solid, but it still made me sad to buy them.  And happy when someone bought the Inn a few years later.  It is a wonderful part of our community.

I did just find a posting about the Eureka Inn on Wikipedia, where you’ll find  more info.  How cool is that …? !