Arcata’s Phillips House-1955 Flood

September 9, 2014

Source: Historical Sites Society of Arcata []

Fire at the Splendid Cafe

September 2, 2014


[HSU: Special Collections, Palmquist/Yale Collection].

Looking at the streetlamps, electrical wires and fire ladder, this doesn’t appear all that long ago.  Love “Splendid” Café and am sad it is no longer with us.

If you enlarge, you’ll notice the shirtless guy under the Bell public telephone sign and firefighters focused on their job…  Apparently once upon a time we also had the Golden Horn with “Beer on tap”  and the Royal Cafe.

Rio Dell-In the Heart of the Redwoods

August 30, 2014

Source: HSU, Special Collections

Some towns change a lot over the years. Rio Dell, not so much.

Hell on Wheels isn’t better than this…

August 28, 2014

So lately I’ve been watching a show on Netflix called Hell on Wheels, an AMC series about the building of the transcontinental railroad . I notice the hats sported by the characters on the show are the same as the ones worn by long-ago guests of the Pioneer Hotel – once located at Requa on the banks of the Klamath River. And they wear the same serious expressions.

The wild west was here too and I like that…



HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

HSU Special Collections (1999.20.0037)

Pacific Lumber Company-“World’s Largest Redwood Mill”

August 23, 2014
Source HSU Special Collection

Source HSU Special Collection (2012.02.0008)

I am guessing from the vehicles that this was taken in the 1940s–but I’m still studying up on my old cars so any help would be appreciated.



Scotia, c. 1888

August 20, 2014

Please keep clicking on the photo to enlarge.  Really.  The photo has some pretty great details for those of us who like this sort of thing.


County of Humboldt Collection

Samoa Cookhouse, c. 1906

August 17, 2014

Yes, this is just a great photo,  but are those dunes reflected in the window panes behind the subjects? I believe the Inside Sports Gym is located there now…?

The three on the left have such similar hair I’d guess this is a family (and I think the guy on the right has a proud-dad look).



Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection

On the back of the photo it says, “Return to E. McCormick Rio Dell” –I’m guessing this refers to Evelyn McCormick, a well known local historian.


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