4th and E Streets, Eureka, c.1902 [updated]

February 6, 2021

This location looks a bit rough for those kids, but then again, maybe a lot of Eureka was a little bit rough back then… Interesting that most of their hats seem to match in pairs. Siblings, maybe?

This photo is inscribed with “4th & F Streets” and 1885. I did try to find reference in online newspaper archives to some of the attractions posted on the billboard but had no luck. I was also unable to read any of the business names…. [Please note that we now have an update on the date and location below the photo. Milt Phegley recognized the location as 4th & E, which was the previous location of Eureka’s Chinatown and after the Chinese Expulsion, a fish market and other businesses…] .

Either way, it is a fantastic old photo. As always, please click to enlarge. I’m guessing that lumber on the left was for extending the wooden sidewalk…

Source: HSU Special Collection

Update: Fortunately we have local historian, Milt Phegley, who after my original post, shared the following on Facebook:

I believe that the photo is misidentified in two respects. First, an enlargement of the posters on the side of the building shows coming entertainment “American Girl”, “Secret Service” and “Man of Mystery” being presented at the Ingomar. The Ingomar Theater in the Carson Block was not constructed until 1892 so the dating of the photo is incorrect. Those plays were performed in June 1902 at the Ingomar (confirmed by Humboldt Times newspaper articles). Second error is the location stated at Fourth and “F”. I believe that it should be Fourth and “E”. Below [per LM: on the Remember Eureka Facebook Post] is a picture previously posted of that location in what is said to be 1870 but is also incorrect as to date. [per LM: I have linked the referenced photo HERE].

The Eureka Fish Market was not established here until shortly after the Chinese expulsion in 1885 [per LM: CLICK HERE for a photo of the same area, which was part of Eureka’s Chinatown prior to the expulsion]. Also, the photo shows the expansion of the Ricks’ Stables to the east which did not occur until post-1892. Notice also the shape and lettering on the fish market sign which was subsequently relocated onto the building. And notice the juxtaposition of the two buildings at the corner.

The Fort at Martin’s Ferry, built 1853

February 4, 2021

This photo of the Fort at Martin’s Ferry was among the pictures Jack and Charmian London kept from their visit to Humboldt County . If you click on the photo to enlarge, you’ll see an inscription at the bottom stating that the fort was built in 1853.

Huntington Collection

A post about Martin’s Ferry on militarymuseum.org, however, states that the military “Camp at Martin’s Ferry” was established in March 1864 and occupied for only two weeks during the Army’s campaign against “hostile Indians”. In truth, unfortunately, the area was occupied by whites, militia and not, for much longer than that during a brutal campaign against the Native inhabitants in the 1850s and 1860s.

THIS SITE offers links to a number of essays, source documents and more about the ugliest time in our local history, California’s “Indian Wars”.

And HERE is The Legislature‚Äôs Majority and Minority Reports on the Mendocino War of (1860). The details offer a pretty good reflection of what was going on in Humboldt County as well.

This will likely be the last of the London’s photos posted (for a little while at least). We are fortunate they kept so many from their time in Humboldt

Hoopa Baskets, 1911

February 3, 2021

Before Jack and Chamian London headed down the Klamath in a wooden canoe, they went through Hoopa and took a number of photos, including one of this stunning basket collection. As always (hopefully) click on the photo to enlarge and see more detail. The artistry is beyond description…

Huntington Library Collection

It appears at least some basket makers sold their beautiful creations to local merchants. Perhaps the woman on the right made the baskets displayed on the center table in this photo of the Underwood General Store.

Source: HSU Special Collection
“Brizard’s Collection” (Source: HSU Special Collection)

The Londons Head to Hoopa in 1911

February 2, 2021

After their VISIT TO THE REDWOOD COAST in 1911, writer Jack London and his wife Charmian headed inland, visiting Hoopa before heading down the Klamath River escorted by Indian guides in a wooden canoe.

Huntington Collection

I have posted about the FASHION STABLES before- which were located at 4th & G Streets (where Redwood Capital Bank is now)

Interesting that the paper failed to note that Jack was traveling with his wife Charmian. I guess a married celebrity is not as interesting- or perhaps a wife just not worth the mention…?

Huntington Collection
Huntington Collection