Arcata Boardwalk and Other Things, c. 1930

January 21, 2016

Please click on the photo to enjoy the details


Source: HSU Special Collection: Palmquist/Yale [2012.02.0179]


Dutch & Wally’s Takes Blue Chip Stamps, 1966

October 7, 2014

Cover the earth (with Paint)


Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [Palmquist/Yale Collection 2012.02.0318]

According to the HSU website, this was on H Street in Arcata.

I was just a little girl but remember my mother collecting  Blue Chip Stamps…


Doin’s at the Arcata Train Depot

September 25, 2014


Arcata.Depot.C1950s.HSU.2012.02.0314 (1)

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection  [2012.02.0314]

With all the banners and folks around, I think it was more than just a train they were waiting for-but can’t quite figure out what it was. I think the banner on the building may say “something something railway club” and from the vehicles, I’d guess 1950s…

Guy with the receding hairline and bigger (camera?) bag around his shoulder may be a reporter…?  And I like how the teens separated from the adults and gathered in the foreground.


Arcata Memorial Road Race, 1957

September 23, 2014




Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection [2012.02.1154]

I found this photo by accident but then wondered at the description–The First Annual LOU BRERO MEMORIAL ROAD RACE.

I did a little more digging and found this in the April 2011 Edition of the Formula Speed Magazine The Wheel.  I had never heard the story before…

Brero Memorial



Bayside Lumber Co. 1905

August 14, 2014

Source: Humboldt State University Special Collection

Please enjoy more Bayside, Indianola and Walker’s Point history  in this 1949 Humbodlt Times Article

HERE is the quarry mentioned in the article

And the Railroad  and Store.

Arcata’s H Street 100 Years Ago

July 25, 2014

Please click to enlarge and enjoy the lovely detail.

Tin Can Mailman building on the right, Minor Theater on the left, 1913

HSU Special Collection: 1999.07.0008

HSU Special Collection: 1999.07.0008

tin can



Arcata Minor-Today

Arcata Redwood Company, c. 1950

June 3, 2011

Arcata, c. 1950

I must confess that 1950 is just a guess based on the vehicles in the photo.  I welcome a more definitive date if anyone can help…?