Herrick Avenue Exit, South Eureka, c.1950

February 28, 2013


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.


The sign pointing the way to Falk is also pretty cool and reminds me of the Hwy 101/299 interchange in 1933

Great Photo of Falk, 1912

February 27, 2013
Written on image  "photo by S.U. Bunnell 1912 #67 Falk p.77"

Written on image “photo by S.U. Bunnell 1912 #67 Falk p.77”

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.

Building Local Businesses

February 27, 2013

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.

Oh, for historical context, see this blog entry about the Stump House.  I don’t know that they could have survived with help with the North Coast SBDC,  but they might have…


Learn more about the Procurement Fair by calling North Coast SBDC Director Michael Kraft at (707)445-1163 or emailing him at kraft@northcoastsbdc.org.

You can also just register for the workshop (which will be great) by clicking HERE. There is no charge to attend.

Elk River Dam, 1884 (I’d never heard of it either)

February 25, 2013


It is so worth clicking on the photo above to get the HSU site where you can enlarge and look at the detail.

And this one dated 1884.


I go out and hike Headwaters a lot. If anyone knows where on the river this was, I’d love to hear and post it…

Trinidad Town Hall-Before the Tennis Courts

February 25, 2013


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.

Oysters in Humboldt in 1932

February 24, 2013

Humboldt Bay Oyster Seed Dike, 1932 (Bonnut/County Collection)

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- historyaddicts@gmail.com.

And visit my friend Sebastian’s website, Aqua Rodeo Farms to get better acquainted with one of our local oyster farmers.

What happened to the town of Essex?

February 18, 2013

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…

Maybe Essex (County of Humboldt Collection)

Maybe Essex (County of Humboldt Collection)

Ruins right here in Humboldt

February 17, 2013

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…