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

 

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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…


1850s Eureka

January 29, 2016
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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…

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New York Public Library-Historic Photos

January 14, 2016
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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.

 

 


Arcata’s Phillips House-1955 Flood

September 9, 2014
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Source: Historical Sites Society of Arcata [www.arcatahistory.org]


Rio Dell-In the Heart of the Redwoods

August 30, 2014
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Source: HSU, Special Collections

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