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

 

 


When Arcata had tin-smiths and harnessmakers…

February 9, 2017
Arcata 1881 Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott

Arcata 1881
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

 


Arcata Plaza, c. 1878

March 15, 2016
c. 1878. Brizard Collection (accessed at www.nps

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…


Vance Hotel, from 1881 to Now

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.

The Vance…

Eureka.VanceHotel.Elliott.1881

Source: History of Humboldt County. Elliott, 1881 

 

HC.Eureka.C1925.Vance

1925 Source: Humboldt County Collection/Woods

387HSE00, 1/10/01, 3:09 PM, 8C, 6000x8000 (0+0), 100%, HSE1 Curve, 1/40, R1214, G1064, B1243,

Undated Source: HSU Special Collections/Ericson

Eureka.VanceHotel.GoogleEarth.2015

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 »


Eureka’s Washington Schools- 1, 2 & 3

February 1, 2016

HCOE.Washington 1 HCOE.Washington 2 HCOE.Washington 3

Thanks the the Humboldt County Office of Education for the photos.


1850s Eureka

January 29, 2016
HC.Eureka.c1854

Source: Humboldt County Collection

Excerpt:

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 [1915] 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 »


Results of an Arcata Tinman’s Hard Work…

January 27, 2016
Arcata 1881 Source: History Of Humboldt County,Elliott

Arcata 1881
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…

Burns.Census.1880