February 9, 2017
Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott
…In 1854 we find that Arcata had about fourteen stores carrying large stocks of goods, besides saddle and harnessmakers, jewelers, gunsmiths, tin- smiths, and several blacksmith and wagon shops, all of which did an active and profitable business. It seems that the first active officers of Arcata were elected in April, 1856, under the order of county judge, incorporating the village. There were four towns on the bay in 1855 — Humboldt, Bucksport, Eureka, and Union. The first three boasted of a store each, while the latter had seven large wholesale establishments, with harnessmakers, saddlers, etc., as indicated.
Source: HISTORY OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY CALIFORNIA, History by Leigh H. Irvine
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1915
March 15, 2016
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…
February 4, 2016
When I was young the Vance Hotel was run down and full of squatters. The renovation represents a great success story for Old Town.
Soon the Carson Block Building will as well.
Source: History of Humboldt County. Elliott, 1881
1925 Source: Humboldt County Collection/Woods
Undated Source: HSU Special Collections/Ericson
Source: Google Earth, Street View
JOHN M. VANCE. – The late John M. Vance, of Eureka, at the time of his death the president of the Humboldt County Bank, became a resident of the county the year before he reached his majority, and it was the scene of his remarkable success, for in the management of extensive railroad, timber and milling interests he proved himself equal to unlimited responsibilities. Read the rest of this entry »
February 1, 2016
Thanks the the Humboldt County Office of Education for the photos.
January 29, 2016
Source: Humboldt County Collection
HISTORY OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY CALIFORNIA, by Leigh H. Irvine
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 1915
Early in 1856 the county seat was moved to Eureka from Arcata and business revived very much the spring thereafter. Ever since that date its course has been steadily onward, until now  it is a city approximating fifteen thousand population, with excellent chances ahead of it. The town was incorporated on April 18, 1856, and the first election of officers resulted in a satisfactory manner as follows : Trustees, James T. Ryan, C. F. Ricks, A. F. Rollins, J. M. Eddy, and George Graham. C. F. Ricks was president of the board, and J. M. Eddy was secretary. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27, 2016
Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott. Left caption says: Robt. Burn’s Hardware Store. Right caption says: Burns Block.
You may recognize the commercial building on the upper right…
I have to admit I just grabbed this illustration out of Elliott’s book because it showed some early Arcata structures but I looked up Mr. Burns in the 1880 census (Ancestry.com). He appears to have done very well as a “tinman” who immigrated from England…
January 25, 2016
This is looking up F Street “standing” about 1/2 way between 1st and 2nd Streets.
Source: Humboldt County Souvenir Book, 1901
Source: GoogleMaps, Street View