Broadway, Eureka. C 1937 (2020 update)

June 30, 2020

I rode my bike down Eureka’s Broadway the other day, looking specifically for building remnants.

Broadway, Eureka, c. 1937

No luck,  though some of those trees have surely grown…


Before the Arcata Hotel,1909

June 29, 2020

Before the Hotel.

And look at all those beautiful homes on the hill above the plaza. The street initially struck me as empty, but I see at least 3 wagons (deliveries, maybe?) and someone walking in the upper left. Oh! and a woman walking on the sidewalk on the far right.

As always, just click the photo to enlarge and enjoy….


Arcata, 1909. Source: Omnia



Using light to kill the virus. Or History repeats itself. Or some (bad) ideas never go away…

June 28, 2020

Trump in April 

“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it,” Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting.” 
Advertisement in The Humboldt Times (Eureka, California) in October of 1918,  offering ways to combat the new “Spanish Flu”, which eventually killed millions… 

Arcata’s H Street, 1928

June 27, 2020

This one is just fun to click and enlarge so you can see the detail…


Source: Alma; Title: H St. Arcata, Cal. # 2-A-7

Though this ad has some pretty fun details too ( I don’t know how the phone numbers used to work…?)


Blue Lake Advocate, 1918

And today…





Samoa Cookhouse, Then and Now…

June 26, 2020

1910 (Source: HSU Special Collection)


I thought it might be strange to go from murder to french toast and chicken fried steak, but then I thought, why not? The world doesn’t make much sense now anyway…

Google Street View wouldn’t give me the same perspective, exactly– but then again, there’s been an addition so it wouldn’t be the same anyway…


Thanks Google


Wikipedia tells us the following about the old cookhouse, which pre-covid, was a GREAT place to bring visitors from out of town. And will be again some day. Apparently they are doing take-out…


The Samoa Cookhouse is a historic restaurant in Samoa, California in the United States. It is the last lumber camp-style cookhouse in the American West.

Originally it was a dining facility for the employees working the mills for the Vance Lumber Company and opened in 1893.[1]. The cookhouse opened to the public in the 1960s and serves “lumber camp style”, or family style, meals at long communal tables[1][2]. The building also houses a museum with artifacts and images that focus on logging and “maritime industry” history [2]. The building is large enough to seat five hundred workers and to make cleaning the floors more efficient there were holes drilled into the floor with a grate to act as drainage for water rather than mopping [3]. The second floor of the building functioned as a dormitory for the waitresses [1][3][4]. Waitresses were required to be single during the period when the Cookhouse served only company workers, were paid $30 a month, and worked seven days a week [4]. The dormitory has a curfew and was locked at night and the women were not allowed to date on the weekdays[4]. There was, however, a secret passageway that led to the kitchen that waitresses used to leave the dormitory at night.[4]

Scene of a Murder-Eureka’s 1923 Crime Continued…

June 25, 2020

I recently posted photographs that were evidence in a 1923 criminal trial  and many people were kind enough to research further- and provide more details.

Milton Phegley kindly sent me the clipping below, which offers a quick summary of the case. Folks wanting to learn more can go to these AWESOME online newspaper archives and search for Uly.

Former Humboldt County resident, assistant DA and co-worker Wes Keat has done over 2 MILLION corrections to the scanned articles (including those in early issues of    the Blue Lake Advocates & Humboldt Times)- an amazing contribution we can all enjoy.

But back to the case against Uly Evans….

Uly Evans (BLA) (04-12-1924)

Below are  2 more photos- with the 1920 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map below showing the restaurant on the corner. I’m thinking the guy standing on the right might be a police officer….? Again, please click to enlarge the photos and see more detail…



Source: HSU Special Collection




Source: HSU Special Collection


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It it likely some of the buildings on the right are on the map but it is hard to know for sure….





A Eureka Alley- And Scene of a Crime… (1)

June 24, 2020

So, as often happens, I ran across these photos completely by (happy) accident while looking online in HSU’s Special Collection.    If you have some time to kill and enjoy local historical images and maps,  exploring their archives is a LOT of fun.

This photo- and a few that will follow in future posts, were apparently evidence in a trial against Uly Evans (defendant) in 1923. This was during prohibition, so maybe it was related to that- or a murder…?   (I’ve written more about Prohibition in Eureka- HERE). I can’t find any info online about Evans or the trial- but if anyone finds anything, please do share.

In the photo, notice the HEAVY promotion of Chesterfield cigarettes. I also can’t find anything online regarding the Elkhorn (on the right) so if anyone knows anything, please share.



City of Eureka, Alley between C & D–1st & 2nd Looking West from D St.
Source: HSU Special Collection 




Carson & Dolbeer Lumber Mill, c. 1900-1930 (2020 update)

June 19, 2020

Carson Mansion & Mill, c. 1900 (Woods)


It is hard to imagine but this mill was located in the city of Eureka’s Halvorsen Park below the Carson Mansion in Eureka. You can see a bit of it to the left of the mansion in the photo above.

Carson & Dolbeer Mill (T.Woods)

Carson & Dolbeer Mill, c. 1930 (T.Woods)

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Carson’s mill…


In 1863, Carson and John Dolbeer formed the Dolbeer and Carson Lumber Company. Eighteen years later, in 1881, as the company advanced into areas more difficult to log, Dolbeer invented the Steam Donkey Engine which revolutionized log removal, especially in hard-to-reach areas. At about the same time, Carson was involved in the founding of the Eel River and Eureka Railroad with John Vance.[6] Before commencing the building of his mansion, Carson said, “If I build it poorly, they would say that I am a damned miser; if I build it expensively, they will say I’m a show off; guess I’ll just build it to suit myself.”[7] In 1884, on the eve of construction of the great home, the company was producing 15,000,000 board feet (35,000 m3) of lumber annually. The milling operations, combined with additional investments as far away as Southern California and at least partial ownerships in schooners used to move the lumber to booming markets on the west coast and all over the globe,[2] set the stage for the unlimited budget and access to resources the builders would have. Pacific Lumber Company purchased the company in 1950[8] and maintained milling operations at the original Humboldt Bay site, located bay-side below the house, well into the 1970s. 

Fortuna Train Depot, early days (2020 Update w/ Loleta’s Depot Too)

June 17, 2020

As always, please click on the photos to enlarge to see great details…



2020 Update: Folks seemed to enjoy the Eureka Depot post- and this depot in Fortuna STILL STANDS (though it was moved and is at the park and a museum now- which will open again someday….). 

It contains all kinds of fun historic displays, as well as some historic documents for those researching genealogy or other specific topics.  It is located in Rohner Park (going south, you take first Fortuna exit and keep driving about 3 ish miles.  The park entrance is on the left).

According to, as a depot, in 1893, it originally stood at the foot of 7th Street where the station master’s home still stands (maybe the white house below on the left…?). After being abandoned by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1965, the City of Fortuna purchased the depot and moved it to Rohner Park as a Bicentennial project.



And I thought I would throw this one from Loleta in, just for fun…                                                                                                                      



Mail Carriers have always been heroes

June 16, 2020

This was taken during the 1964 flood.

The photo says it all…


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