Not all change is bad-The Old Daly’s Store

This just wasn’t pretty.

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But this is.

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So I was feeling all clever and original in creating this post until I picked up the latest local book by Arcadia Publishing–this one is a “Then & Now” (mostly) photo book of Eureka written by local photographer (and now author) Scott H. Brown.  Scott shows almost exactly what I posted above on page 54-but since his book is already published. he clearly came up with it first–and his photos include interesting info like the Daly brothers came from Ireland to Eureka in 1892, established the Daly’s Dept. Store and that when the chain of five Daly’s stores closed in 1995, it was Northern California’s oldest independently owned department store chain.

Scott’s book is cool. Seriously. It is full of historic images (anywhere from 50 to 150 years old) contrasted with present-day photos. He also has great info in the captions. Scott works at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates and you can find him, signed copies of his book,  and a great mocha or cup of tea there.

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16 Responses to Not all change is bad-The Old Daly’s Store

  1. The really sad thing is that underneath that plain facade was a beautiful old building they had chosen to cover up

  2. aklucia says:

    I used to just love that store. It was pretty heartbreaking to see Daly’s go under after the advent of the mall. What a warren of a building, and the elevator was so useful as a young mom with a stroller. I remember in the early ‘70s the main part of town was alive. I think it was Kress’s that had a lunch counter and there were two stores that sold lovely china — Lincoln’s and Walsh’s — two candy stores, a tea room-like luncheon place on a side street in the middle of town (I wish I could remember its name!). The Eureka Inn had a luncheon room that had the best little hideaway table where a private conversation could remain private! And don’t forget the men’s store on the corner that sold very elegant and timeless clothing! I miss it all.

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