Eureka Cigar Store

October 29, 2020
Source: HSU Special Collection

So I presented an OLLI class yesterday focused on historic images and the stories behind them and prefaced most, if not all, of the images with “this is one of my favorites”. Yeah, I’m sure it got old for the attendees too, but it was true. I love these old photos- and was sad I didn’t have the opportunity to share this one…

I’ve posted a couple of photos with cigar stores- HERE and HERE and probably even more, but don’t recognize the location and can’t read enough of the sign to do a search for the business. I do love the different expressions on their faces- and the chain of the pocket watch. Details, details…

Dang, I just enlarged the photo again- check out those pointy-toed shoes donned by the guys on the left….

Humboldt History Symposium 2020

October 29, 2020
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This year’s Humboldt History Symposium is going online, with 1-2 presentations hosted virtually each day by talented and knowledgeable local scholars. To order tickets to the Keynote Speaker’s presentation and see more details, go to the website at:

I am honored to be this year’s keynote speaker on Friday, November 13 at 6 p.m. and hope to see folks there….

History Symposium Keynote Topic:

The Spanish Flu Comes to Humboldt in 1918
Learn about the 1918 Spanish Flu in Humboldt County, how it developed, the community impact, and how the now familiar strategies of masking, closing non-essential businesses, churches, schools and more, were undertaken to protect the community.

Fashion Stables, 4th & G, Eureka (1890)

October 27, 2020
Source: 1890 Eureka Directory

Fashion Stables 402-408 G Street, Corner of Fourth, Eureka, California, Richard Sweasey, Proprietor

So, when I google 402 G Street, Redwood Capital Bank comes up. So it looks like this site became the location of the Sweasey/State Theater- and the Eureka Printing Company. And then it was home to Daly’s department store.

And now, of course, Redwood Capital Bank and the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, where, coincidentally, the incredible mural by Duane Flatmo was just restored….

Wait ! The stables were owned by Richard Sweasey- and then we had the Sweasey Theater. Looks like I have more research to do….

Pacific Steamship Company- Foot of C Street, Eureka

October 26, 2020

I am having all kinds of fun digging for interesting photos for my OLLI class coming up this Wednesday.

Above is one great example of an accidental find.


This LINK will take you to a foldable tourist brochure, published by Rand McNally and Company in 1891, which shows the main routes and schedules of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. One side of the large sheet is a map showing the company’s routes … A table in the upper right gives distances in nautical miles from San Francisco to a large number of ports, including inland ports on the Columbia River. Railroads also are shown. The reverse side gives detailed travel information, including lists of agents, scheduled rates, and descriptions of the sites to be seen on the different excursions offered by the company, including the Eureka (Humboldt Bay) Route, the Portland and Astoria (Oregon) Route, the Alaska Route, the California Southern Coast Route, and others. THIS IS A SUPER FUN MAP- I really recommend you check it out…

Founded in 1867, the Pacific Coast Steamship Company had by the late 19th century grown to be a major operator on routes from California to Alaska. It operated both passenger and cargo services, and eventually built connecting railroad lines and other transportation links as did most such companies of the era. In its early years, its chief rival was the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, but by the early 20th century it competed mainly with the Alaska Steamship Company (the Alaska Line). The Pacific Steamship Company was sold to the Admiral Line in 1916 and was acquired by the Alaska Steamship Company in 1936.

Upcoming OLLI Class

October 26, 2020

Humboldt’s Historic Photographs and the Stories They Tell

In the midst of these challenging times, this class is strictly fun.

Coming up Wednesday….

Delve into the history of well-known and familiar Humboldt County sites and events. Discover the fascinating local history of these places, and see how structures and landscapes have evolved over time.

Wed., Oct. 28 • 2-4 p.m.


$20 • Class #: 43949