If you keep clicking to enlarge the photo, I believe you’ll see the back of this Elk River building, which was painted by my friend Frank Speck.
I’ve seen many photos of Falk (and posted some) but this is one of the best I’ve seen.
For those unfamiliar with our area, Falk was deep in the Elk River Valley, just south east of Eureka-a lumber town established in the 1800s and razed after it was abandoned years later. You can see remnants of the town and read about the history by visiting the Headwater’s Reserve which cuts through the old town site. It has a nice mile of paved trail (easy to do even after a recent rain) and miles more of a dirt and gravel path.
I have been trying to think of how to give an upcoming North Coast SBDC Procurement Fair a historical perspective and though I probably could-exploring the evolution of small business in Humboldt County, etc., I think I’ll just go ahead and say that the North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and North Coast Lead Center are clients and I am helping to promote a Procurement Fair happening in March that offers local businesses an opportunity to connect with government and institutional buyers and open new doors to sales opportunities.
Learn more about the Procurement Fair by calling North Coast SBDC Director Michael Kraft at (707)445-1163 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also just register for the workshop (which will be great) by clicking HERE. There is no charge to attend.
Granted, it it now too late to help get the word out about the concert I attended in this building yesterday but it was a packed house anyway (Good job to Julie Fulkerson and all the other organizers). In Love with the Muse Piano Voce was a benefit for the new Trinidad library and was held in the (old) Trinidad Town Hall. I noticed the wonderfully wavy windows as I listened to the music.
According the photo source (HSU Special Collections), the hall was probably built about 1915. “Trinidad in early days had one telephone at McConnaha’s store on the Bay at Trinity and Edwards corner,” the HSU site also tells us.
Apparently the folks at the North Coast Journal knew back in 1995 that “Oysters have been commercially grown and harvested in Humboldt Bay for more than 100 years” but I had no idea.
And the industry continues to grow.
In August of 2011, the Times Standard reported that the Headwaters Fund put $200,000 into the industry. The funds are allowing the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to go through the lengthy and expensive permitting process for mariculture plots and then lease the “pre-permitted” property to oyster farmers—drastically reducing the costs to those small business owners.
According to Dawn Elsbree, Executive Director of the Headwaters Fund, the Humboldt Bay Harbor District is now about half way through the grant and working on the pre-permitting process. They have been mapping the bay and working with regulatory agencies to resolve environmental concerns. They are also preparing a US Army Corps permit application and a CEQA initial study, as well as finalizing the model they’ll eventually use to evaluate potential project effects on phytoplankton. Apparently state and federal agencies are watching the project and shell fish growers are interested as well – and there seems to be potential for the project to be a model for other communities.
I have the original grant proposal but can’t figure out how to attach to my blog–email me if you want me to send you a copy- email@example.com.
And visit my friend Sebastian’s website, Aqua Rodeo Farms to get better acquainted with one of our local oyster farmers.
Ok, so now I seem to be hooked on posting again, if only temporarily.
Is this Essex (Hwy 299 between Arcata and Blue Lake)? Looks like the right topography and I think that train trestle is still there. And so, if this is Essex, what the heck happened to it? I don’t know that any evidence of the town remains…
Years ago I went to Chichen Itza. Walking along a jungle trail I glanced at a small hill and took more than a moment to realize I was looking at a very old pyramid, almost completely hidden by lush vegetation. I’ve since seen photos of similar places, ancient ruins slowly disappearing as nature reclaims her space after man has let it go.
Our own tropical rain forest does the same. Once upon a time this was our highway…