This is the JC Penny I remember…
This is the JC Penny I remember…
…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
SITE-SPECIFIC ART EXPLORING HISTORY OF FORT HUMBOLDT TO BE INSTALLED IN EUREKA
New York-based, Eureka-raised artist Nick Hubbard will present a series of sculptural installations around town that engage with the history of Fort Humboldt. The works will be first set in place this coming Saturday, April 23, 2016. Some of the installations will disappear within a few days, other may take longer but they are all temporary.
A participatory event on Sunday, April 24, will accompany the installations. The artist will be on-site at Fort Humboldt, and citizens are invited to come and jointly build a collection of paper models of the fort buildings. These models will contain messages written by participants that will be shared back with the community over a timespan corresponding to the activity of the Fort.
The project, Through Various Hazards and Adventures We Move is derived from digital models constructed using documentary photographs of Fort Humboldt, utilizes 3D printing technology combined with traditional model-making, and takes the form of a series of expanded dioramas that change over time.
Nick Hubbard is currently a Master’s candidate at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Through Various Hazards is his thesis. For more information, contact the project at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website, http://www.varioushazards.com.
Through Various Hazards is on Twitter @varioushazards.
#forthumboldt or #varioushazards
CONTACT: E-mail: email@example.com
The questions in the survey are open to interpretation, and there’s no right way to answer them. Whether you grew up going to Fort Humboldt, or you’ve never been, you are invited to share your perspective. And please share widely amongst your Eureka and Humboldt circles.”
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…
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
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 »