Buon Gusto Restaurant, Eureka

October 11, 2015



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…





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.


Eureka Wharf, Earlier Days

October 9, 2013

Eureka Wharf [Source: Humboldt State University-Palmquist/Yale Collection]

Eureka Wharf [Source: Humboldt State University-Palmquist/Yale Collection]

I’m not sure how to date this photo. If anyone sees any clues, please let me know…


Arcata boasts first railroad in California

November 17, 2009

Arcata Wharf and Ferry

Yesterday I wrote about the Arcata wharf and railroad.  According to the City of Arcata Website, the first “train” for that railroad was a four-wheel car powered by a single horse.

“Passengers coming from Eureka to Arcata on the ferry… were met by the horse-drawn car and taken into Arcata to the depot located on the site of the present Post Office. In 1875, the horse-powered locomotive was replaced with a steam locomotive, called the Black Diamond. This is considered by many to have been the first railroad in the State of California. “

 The Timber Heritage Association is working to establish a museum and revive the rail system here… I think most have ruled out the viability of using trains for cargo transportation, but it may still have merit as a tourist attraction… maybe even short distance passenger service.

I know I wouldn’t mind skipping a trip through the Eureka traffic and riding a train to do my old town shopping instead.

From the Arcata Wharf to the Marina Center

November 16, 2009
HSU Special Collection. Film 78 - Arcata Wharf

Arcata Wharf

Humboldt Bay has always been viewed as an important commercial asset for Humboldt County.

In 1855, the Union Plank Walk and Rail Track Company completed construction of a wharf and railroad that ran from the Arcata Plaza and down into the bay about two miles This wharf allowed ships to load and unload cargo during any tide. [Source here

Many of the goods brought into the area were immediately packed onto mules and taken to the thousands of waiting gold miners working the inland rivers.  As the logging industry grew, the wharf was often used to ship logs out of the county and into lumber hungry ports in other areas.

Arcata’s wharf is gone now-though I wasn’t able to find anything that told me why.  A storm… neglect.  Remnants are still visible from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.  

Many people still believe in Humboldt Bay’s viability as a commercial port.

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A saloon uses up boys…

November 5, 2009

The beginings of prohibition

The potential legalization of marijuana is a very hot issue right now… Kym Kemp (AKA Redheaded Black Belt) maintains a blog that touches on this topic quite frequently.

Legalizing or criminalizing certain substances has come up often throughout history. According to Wikipedia,  the first half of the 20th century saw periods of prohibition of alcoholic beverages in several countries:

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Listening to the dead

October 30, 2009

Growing up I was a big fan of John Edwards,   a professional and very popular medium who claimed to talk to the dead.

 Edwards has his cynics  but there are also many apparent believers, as his live shows are consistently sold out around the world and his personal readings are booked years in advance.

 I like the idea of ghosts, of becoming something else when we die rather than simply disappearing forever.  And when I look around carefully, there is plenty of evidence that something more does exist.

Charles’ obituary on my wall upstairs is a good example.    That can’t be easily explained… and if I did the math and calculated the odds… how many local papers have been printed in the last 100 years (because though Charles’ obit was published in 1928, the papers on the wall up there date from 1908—and some of those are from Canada).   We’re talking crazy odds, inexplicable odds.

Lucy wants her story told, I don’t doubt it for a moment.  Too many strange coincidences have happened over the years for me to ever doubt it.  And so here I am.

 But what about other ghosts, other stories?

The story of Jack Ryan


Jack Ryan's alleged double murder "confession"

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Old Eureka Courthouse-From beautiful to, well, not so

October 7, 2009
Old Eureka Courthouse

Old Eureka Courthouse


According to a random timeline of Eureka I just found on the internet, this grand old building was destroyed in an 1954 earthquake.

And we went from that, to this:

Eureka Courthouse and Jail, present day

Eureka Courthouse and Jail, present day

Please don’t misunderstand.   I think this is actually a gorgeous photo of a very ugly building… more a hodgepodge of four buildings all kinda mashed together, actually. 

One can’t help but notice the different “feel” of the old building .  And I can’t help but wonder if  the character of Eureka would be different if this historic structure was still standing today.

Different view of the old courthouse

Different view of the old courthouse