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Eureka and Humboldt County (CA) (Images of America)

by Pamela F. Service

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What this book needed was more narrative. What it is a collection of captioned historical photographs--which may be fine for local citizens of Eureka and its associated history buffs, but for anyone else, the photos lack context. I myself will be visiting the area soon and was hoping the book would give me an outline of its history and background, but I'll have to look elsewhere for that. Once I visit Eureka, I may find the book more relevant as I will then be able to use it to make a "then vs. now" visual comparison. ( )
  kvrfan | Aug 19, 2016 |
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The cry amongst the redwoods Eureka was the shout heard from early pioneers in 1850 as they came to settle in Humboldt County. Discovery of gold permanently changed the area's history, and eventually lead to the extraction of Humboldtís other natural resource: the red gold of its forests. Captured here in over 200 vintage photographs is the pictorial history of this bountiful county and its residents. As the gold fever faded in the late 1800s, Humboldt County's primary source of industry became the lumbering of its vast redwoods. Pictured here are the men and machines that felled, transported, and milled the lumber, as well as photographs of the elegant Victorian mansions of the industry's lumber barons, such as William Carson. Weaving the history of Humboldt County together are the stories of its earliest residents, including the Native American tribes, fevered Gold Rushers, the early Chinese community, railroad workers, shipyard sailors, and industrious farming families, all of whom created the foundation it prospers on today.

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The cry of "Eureka!" in 1848 brought over 200,000 men to what would soon become the state of California. Some went north to the narrow strip of land along California's north coast and there they found "red gold"--that is, redwood timber. As miners became lumbermen, the city of Eureka became the bustling urban center of the region, hewn street by street out of the vast forest that once reached all the way to the Humboldt Bay. Today most ancient redwoods are located in protected state and federal park lands. However, Eureka set aside a small patch of primeval redwood forest for future generations to enjoy. Established in 1894 from an uncut logging claim of former gold miner Bartlin Glatt, it was inaugurated as Sequoia Park in 1907. For over a century, this unique city park--with its paths through ancient redwood groves, abundant ferns, Douglas iris, and rhododendrons; its waterfalls; and its duck pond--has provided residents with a place of unrivaled natural beauty.… (more)

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