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…


Arlynda Bridge, c.1907 & Ferndale Creameries

April 8, 2013
HC.Arlynda.SaltRiver.c.1907

Bridge over Salt River, c1907. Arlynda (Corners)

Huh. There is a low bridge and a high bridge. Not sure why.

According to Dennis Turner’s Place Names in Humboldt (I have the old edition) Arlynda was the name proposed by John Gardner Kenyon in 1882 for what (I think) used to be an independent community 1 1/2 mile north of Ferndale. Turner says Arlynda is an Indian word meaning merchandise or property. Apparently the first creamery in Humboldt County was founded there in 1890.

Not sure if it was this one…

HC.Ferndale.c1905

Probably not one below either-as it looks like it backs into a hillside and it is flat around Arlynda.

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Tyrell’s Creamery, Ferndale [Peter Palmquist]