Arcata Plaza, c. 1878

c. 1878. Brizard Collection (accessed at www.nps

c. 1878. Brizard Collection

I ran across this photo while doing research for a client and had never seen it before.

I have to wonder if the photographer climbed a tree, maybe, to get this angle…? (see comments for other theories).

We are looking from the G Street area down at the Plaza and the bay beyond.

Unfortunately this photo was taken a few years after a fire that took a lot of plaza buildings..

“In July 1875, a catastrophic fire swept the Plaza, burning the entire block to the north, all the buildings on the west half of the east side of the plaza and buildings on the block at the north east corner. ” [The Plaza, Arcata. by Susie Van Kirk]

Click on the photo to enlarge and enjoy…

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8 Responses to Arcata Plaza, c. 1878

  1. Fulkerson Julie says:

    The Church Steeple? Falk Home from the roof or attic?

    • Lynette M says:

      Oh, could be!

      I just love this photo. Just sad it was a few years after a fire that took out a lot of plaza buildings..

      “In July 1875, a catastrophic fire swept the Plaza, burning the entire block to the north, all the buildings on the west half of the east side of the plaza and buildings on the block at the north east corner. ” [The Plaza, Arcata. by Susie Van Kirk]

  2. what would be “the west half of the east side” of the plaza?

    • Probably just means the row of buildings right along G Street, rather than the entire block (as apparently happened to the block on the north, between 9th and 10th, and maybe the northeast block).

  3. I don’t think the Falk place on the present Wildberries block… the angle is from too far to the east. I would go with the church steeple. The ‘Touring Arcata’s Architecture’ book by Susie Van Kirk says that although the present building there on the northeast corner of 11th and G was built in the 1910s, the church had been organized in 1860. So i am not sure exactly when the first structure was built, but would guess by 1878!

    • Lynette M says:

      David Loya with the City of Arcata just guessed the Masonic Temple Roof. Don’t know the history of that building but maybe…

    • John Hawkins says:

      The Presbyterian Church seems right for the angle (11th and G), but was it built by 1878?

  4. ” We are looking from the G Street area down at the Plaza and the bay beyond.
    I cannot hardly believe that we would be looking at the bay beyond from this direction.
    One great old picture. Thanks

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