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.
“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.
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.
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:
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?
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:
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.