The Pink Lady (in Black and White and Pink)

June 11, 2020
Eureka.PinkLady.M.2nd.HSU.2003013611

Source HSU Special Collection 2003.01.3611

The photo caption says the house on the right is the early Carson home…

HERE are some great photos of what the old girl looks like now

And here are another 101 more pics  and other details (because the Pink Lady is currently on the market…). The real estate link offers some gorgeous interior shots – please take a look if you’re a old house voyeur like me…

Jill Macdonald  M Street, Eureka


Carson Block – Then and Stucco and Now

May 24, 2020

(Repost)

Notes from 2020:   This is another of my favorite posts highlighting a true architectural treasure in Old Town, Eureka (with some added 2020 notes)…. 

Here is a story the Lost Coast Outpost did about the restoration work.

And here is a little blurb from the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) that gives a little history on the building and the financing that made the restoration possible

And this story by Kathy Dillon for the Eureka Heritage Society’s Architectural Legacy newsletter gives the most detailed information about the building’s history and restoration. This also includes some great photos of the building’s original Ingomar theater.

Please click on the photos below to enlarge and see details.

1892.12.23_Daily Humboldt Times (Humboldt County Library)

1892.12.23: Daily Humboldt Times (Humboldt County Library)

1904- Souvenir Photo-Carson Block Ext (Humboldt County Library)

1904- Souvenir Photo (Humboldt County Library)

Carson Block Building (Humboldt County Historical Society)

Humboldt County Historical Society

Carson Block Building (Humboldt County HIstorical Society)

Humboldt County Historical Society

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

North Coast Journal, January 2016

North Coast Journal, January 2016

The building is quiet now, but that will change….


Poultry Farm in Eureka

May 4, 2020

How’s this for random…?

Behind the Carson Mansion, where the Humboldt County Library now sits, there used to be a poultry farm. Who knew?

It looks like the poultry yard was a busy place, as the enterprise also offered a kitchen and dining room- for the employees, I imagine, but don’t know for sure…  It is kinda cool that the parcel dimensions have stayed the same as the original poultry farm

It also looks like the mansion, store house and wood house (now a guest house) have survived the years,  but a dwelling where the pool now sits bit the dust.

 

Carson Mansion and Library

Thanks, Google.

Eureka.Sanborn.1889_008_PAGE 8.M-S.2nd-3rd

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, 1889


The windows are dark in the Ricks Building

May 2, 2020

So, umm, yes, it has been 3 long years since I’ve posted on this blog (it took forever to remember how to log-in) but my interest in local history and Humboldt’s beautiful historic architecture has never waned.  Nor has my interest in the local community—local prosperity.

I went into the now-closed Old Town Coffee and Chocolates (OTC, 211 F Street, Eureka) the other day to pick up some crafts the owners had been generous enough to let me sell there –  and had to be let in through locked doors by one of the owners- who I’ll call G. She had to let me in because there was no staff on site.

The café was dark and oh-so-quiet.  I told G that OTC had been one of my “satellite” offices, as I work from home,  but did not share that I had also enjoyed many Thursday night Open Mics there too. Evenings where you could hear angelic voices singing beautiful love songs, or a man with no home sharing Viking ballads or the most brutal poems. It was a gift, that space. Those nights. For both the performers and the audience.

And now… Damn. There are no words. Old Town Coffee’s Henderson Center shop is still open and I hope it stays that way. But I can only hope.

Until then, a distraction…

Enjoy this post of the Rick’s Building- where Old Town Coffee and Chocolates and many other businesses recently thrived. And still may, someday.

If not, as the map from 1889 clearly shows,  things will change. And change again…

 

Ricks Building- F Street, Old Town, Eureka

 

1889 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map (Source: HSU Special Collection)

 

 


Who knew this about the Eureka JC Penny?

April 4, 2017

Who knew….

jcPenny.HSU.2012.02.0101

Humboldt State University- Palmquist/Yale Collection: 2012.02.0101

jc penny.1.use

Google Street View

 

This is the JC Penny I remember…

 

JC Penny-2.use

Google Street View

 

 


Carson Block – Then and Stucco and Now

January 6, 2016

Please click on the photos to enlarge and see details.

1892.12.23_Daily Humboldt Times (Humboldt County Library)

1892.12.23: Daily Humboldt Times (Humboldt County Library)

1904- Souvenir Photo-Carson Block Ext (Humboldt County Library)

1904- Souvenir Photo (Humboldt County Library)

Carson Block Building (Humboldt County Historical Society)

Humboldt County Historical Society

Carson Block Building (Humboldt County HIstorical Society)

Humboldt County Historical Society

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

NCIDC Collection

North Coast Journal, January 2016

North Coast Journal, January 2016


faint Line on pregnancy test

October 5, 2014

avatars

Avatars [not real people –like blog spammers]

I realized today that visitors without blogs may miss the entertaining spam comments that bloggers must get regularly (I’ve never asked other bloggers but I have to assume I’m just not that special). WordPress does a pretty good job of catching and weeding them out, but here’s a few posted by “headphones for the tv”, “chicken coop run” and “faint Line on pregnancy test” (faint Line was the one that let us know about breakfast-see below, and yes, Line was the only capitalized word in the name).

I figure this is (sorta) history-related as it captures an interesting phenomenon that won’t exist forever (in this form, at least).

Someday we’ll see the spam that DIDN’T make it through…

Recent Blog Comments…

  • Very soon this web site will be famous among all blogging and site-building viewers, due to it’s fastidious content [blogger’s note-I left the apostrophe but yes, I know it is not suppose to be there. Ok, I was pretty sure I knew but DID Google it to double check–after all, I  have “fastidious content”.  And I AM GOING TO BE FAMOUS ! ]
  • At this time I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming again to read more
  • There are also French Pleats, European Pleats and Goblet Pleats, amongst others, which are slipped over hooks set in a wireless headphones professional style [Wait. What???].   Try mixing and matching the textures and patterns needed to match the color of the room.Not since the beginning of the office project, I deliver some patterns that may suit your taste. Curtains are wireless headphones not only outdoor, but also can sometimes solve problems you may have a border or valance where you’ll find more color.

“New” 101 Bridge North of Eureka

August 9, 2014

This photo was taken in 1956. I’m thinking maybe we just had the structure on the left w/ 2 way traffic and they built the new one to divide the highway…? There’s got to be folks around who remember…

Bridge Construction, North of Eureka, CA

County of Humboldt Collection, Hwy 101, North of Eureka


Fortuna’s Love of Cars Continues …

July 26, 2014
Source: County of Humboldt Collection

Source: County of Humboldt Collection

Shoot, this may be one of my favorite photos–there are so many fantastic details.

PLEASE click to enlarge and you’ll notice the Fortuna Theater, playing When a Man’s a Man, on the left  and that the town loved cars long before this weekend’s Auto Xpo.

Check out the billboards on the left. Looks like they also had two fueling stations, tire shop AND a garage/repair shop.  And is that a Chevy Dealership on the left?

Check out the AutoExpo down in Fortuna this weekend and you may see some of these very same cars cruising Main Street.


Blue Lake’s Perigot Park-Music Fest Now (and pic from “then”)

July 24, 2014
County of Humboldt Collection

County of Humboldt Collection

Park looks a little different now but still a lot going on, including a music festival this Saturday (July 26)…

https://www.facebook.com/bluelakemusicfest