Original Winship School House

January 21, 2016

It goes without saying that losing these old school houses was a tragedy.

According to Fred Nelson (posted on Facebook):

Winship School replaced the old Grant School and was opened in 1890 with 500 elementary grade children. In 1896, it became the first high school in Humboldt Co. It became an intermediate school for 7 and 8 grades in 1914 and was closed in 1926. The old Winship was then demolished and the Eureka Municipal Auditorium was built at the location. (Please note, though, that other folks are saying that the Muni actually incorporated some of the original school building)

Humboldt

Source: Humboldt County Office of Education Collection 

HCOE.Winship Back View

Winship-back view 


New York Public Library-Historic Photos

January 14, 2016
NYPL.CivilWarCollection

New York Public Library-Civil War Collection

Check out the New York Public Library Collection on Flickr

These aren’t us, but they are amazing. This site holds a wonderful and varied collection of historic photos. Some of the portraits featuring immigrants in their native dress (down the page in the Ellis Island Collection) are especially interesting.

 

 


The Carson Block Turret

January 7, 2016
CarsonBlockTurret

Photos: NCIDC & Clarke Collections

Some day this project will be done and I’ll stop posting Carson Block Building photos. But not yet. I’m proud to say my client Pacific Builders is leading this project and doing an incredible job.


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


When Chapala Cafe was Herb’s Corner

October 17, 2015
HSU Special Collection: 2012.02.0097 (Yale/Palmquist Collection)

HSU Special Collection: 2012.02.0097 (Yale/Palmquist Collection)

Funny-I imagined the Fairwind as a hotel (the name is now painted on the side of the building  that houses Good Relations in Old Town, Eureka- I’ll have to read it more carefully…).

And it looks like we’ve had two hour parking in Old Town for at least 50 years…

Eureka.2ndStreet.Fairwinds.Chapala


Buon Gusto Restaurant, Eureka

October 11, 2015

Then

BonGustoRestaurant.HSU.2012.02.0137

This photo is from HSU’s collection-click on the photo then click on the photo on HSU’s page again to see a larger version…

 

Now

 

BonGusto.eagle-house.now

Year ago the Eagle House was used as a sort 0f mini-mall, with boutique stores off the upper balcony.  On a ghost tour I was told the building to the left was originally on the corner and they moved it to construct the bigger building.


The Eureka Woolen Mill

October 13, 2014

Eureka.WoolenMill.HSU.2012.02.0106

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [Palmquist/Yale 2012.02.0106]

Eureka_CA_HumboldtBayWoolenMills.Wikipedia.

 

The first photo was a random find-but a little internet search turned up the second graphic and Wikipedia (yeah, I know it isn’t gospel but can still be useful) provided the following. I didn’t know a simple photo could lead to something that makes me sad but it sounds like the demolition of this building was quite a loss…

 Wikipedia:

Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill manufactured woolen cloth from 1901 to after World War II. The mill was listed as a National Historic Monument but demolished by the City of Eureka in 1987.

History[edit]

When the Humboldt Bay Woolen Mill was built in 1901, the company was capitalized to $100,000[2] by several local businessmen including timber mill owner, William Carson,[3]sheep rancher Hugh Webster McClellan,[4] and rancher Robert Porter who continued as Vice-President of the newly formed company.[2] According to the 1902 Illustrated Map of Eureka, the other officers included J.W. Henderson, President and N. McMillan, Secretary.

The Mill manufactured woolen fabrics from 1901 until it closed after World War II.[5] After sitting empty for many years, it was listed on the National Register on 25 June 1982,[1] but it only survived five more years.[6] After the city designated it a dangerous building in 1987, local preservationists and the Eureka Heritage Society tried to get funding to rehabilitate it, but it was torn down in the same year.[5]

The Mill was described as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture[6] and one of the few industrial buildings historically not associated with timber or fishing.[5] Some architectural features of the Mill were saved by historians before the demolition.[5] The site is currently a chain pharmacy, a grocery store and parking.[5] The destruction of this building rallied community activists to save other historically significant structures in Eureka.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “National Register Information System”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Robert Porter”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  3. Jump up^ McDonald, Jill; Jim Morrison, John Disiere and Linda Disiere (2007). “Carson the Man & Times”. Carson Mansion History. The Ingomar Club, Eureka, California.
  4. Jump up^ “Webster McClellan 1836-December 31, 1911”. Humboldt County, California – Biographies. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f “Draft City of Eureka Historic Preservation Plan”. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b Overhold, Ken (Editor) (1987, Second Edition 1994). Eureka: An Architectural Heritage. Eureka, California: Eureka Heritage Society. p. 270. ISBN 0-9615004-0-9. Check date values in:|date= (help)

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