It is hard somehow to write the name of the California City we visited last month without using explanation marks!! Besides being the name of the County seat and largest city in Humboldt County, Eureka!! is also the motto of the State of California. It is a Greek word meaning "I have found it" and in this State refers to the discovery of gold in 1849.
We stayed in Arcata, a smaller city right next to Eureka. Here is another shot of some of the wading birds we saw on our two visits to the Marsh during our stay. (More bird photos from the Marsh in this previous post.) Also a couple more bird photos at the end of this post.
This is the Carson Mansion in Oldtown Eureka. It's probably against some rule to visit the City without taking a picture of it. Seriously -- you see paintings and photos of it everywhere in the area -- (supposedly it is one of the most photographed structures in the country) -- but if you're there you've just gotta photograph it yourself. William Carson was one of the many who came to the area in 1849 for the gold, but he got rich by dealing in lumber. He had the home built in 1884 . (There's another slightly smaller mansion nearby built as a wedding gift for his son.) According to Wiki, this mansion is a mix of every style of Victorian architecture. (Here is a link to the Wikipedia Article.
The Mansion is now owned by the Ingomar Club which was formed in the early 1950s by a group of Eureka businessmen. The original purpose of the club was to save the mansion from being demolished. It had become rundown and the City was financially unable to buy and restore it. The Club has had it restored it to original status and also done extensive repairs after an earthquake damaged it. Although the building is eligible to become part of the National Registration of Historic Places, Ingomar members have chosen not to do so, because they do not want to allow public tours (which would be required with that designation). The Club does deign to let the rest of look inside virtually -- here is a link to that tour.
The Mosaic just below is made of pictures taken from the upper deck of the Ferry Boat Madaket during our Harbor Cruise on Humboldt Bay. (This is the same picture as in last week's post, but I wanted to tie it into the scenery we saw from it.)
Our Captain (and tour narrator) said that the rundown building on the top left was a church at one time. It and the home in the center picture are on the opposite shore of the Bay from the City Harbor and can be reached only by water. The top panel shows a lighthouse on the harbor side and a distant view of the Carson Mansion. The ferry passed by pretty scenery, but also working examples of the area's main industries..... fishing and lumber.
This is another photo icon of Eureka. The very large statue of a Fisherman reeling in his nets was placed at the Harbor by the Fisherman's Wives Association, in honor of Humboldt Bay fishermen who have lost their lives at sea. It is a dangerous occupation.
In fact, Humboldt Bay is one of the most dangerous harbor areas in the country because of the reefs. We visited the Maritime Museum, which now owns the Madaket Ferry. There were many pictures, articles, and artifacts from shipping disasters in the area. Although safety measures are more advanced these days, the United States Coast Guard is still an important presence in the area.
Here are a couple more pictures from Arcata Marsh.
The whole Eureka-Arcata area is so rich with things to do and photographic opportunities. We always enjoyed visiting the area back when we lived in Oregon (the first time) and are grateful that we were able to go there again this season.
LINKING THIS WEEK to the following: Thank you to all of the hosts for providing these sharing opportunities.
NATURE NOTES; ALL SEASONS; OUR WORLD on Tuesday; MOSAIC MONDAY; GOOD RANDOM FUN; THROUGH MY LENS; TRAVEL PHOTO SOUVENIRS; TUESDAY TREASURES ; WILD BIRD Wednesday; SIGNS SIGNS; Wednesday AROUND THE WORLD; THANKFUL THURSDAY; SKYWATCH FRIDAY; SATURDAY CRITTERS; and RATHER B' BIRDING