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EUREKA: Heritage destination

The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Eureka as one of the top 12 U.S. cities that “boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place,” according to the LA Times.

The coastal town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay was singled out for its Victorian homes and nearby old-growth redwood forests. Sonoma too was recognized for the town’s wine-country roots that reach into the early 19th century. Many Californians, who likely already know these tourist spots, might consider revisiting, with a focus on their architectural and cultural qualities.

Other cities that made the cut:

  • Alexandria, Va.
  • Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Dandridge, Tenn.
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • New Bedford, Mass.
  • Paducah, Ky.
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Sheridan, Wyo.
  1. cletus ann
    February 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Who gives a damn? I just want to be able to buy dirt-cheap key chains at the WalMart.

  2. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    February 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Really, what parts of the city were not toured? The West Side maybe??? How about Summer Street???

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  3. Curley
    February 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    This is a breath of fresh air. Good for Eureka. Maybe this is one of the things we can all rejoice in as a tiny bit of good news for all of us?

  4. "JG"
    February 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I agree. We should all be excited about news like this and pat each other on the back for a change. But that wouldn’t be as much fun. Let’s blame Arkley somehow or better yet give Glass credit.

  5. February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Kudos go to Megan Parfitt, the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau intern who put together the application that secured Eureka’s nomination. You can win two-nights stay at a super posh hotel if you vote for your favorite city (hint, hint, Eureka). Go to http://redwoods.info/eureka and see how you can vote.

  6. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Eureka does have a large number of lovely old homes and buildings, even some not so old but lovely replicas. Some are sadly falling into ruin, but there are many whose owners should be congratulated for the loving restorations and maintenance. There are a few I would gladly spend a fortune fixing, but sadly I don’t have one. It would be nice, if we have to have a big box by the bay, if it blended with Victorian seaport architecture or at least nature rather than a garish eyesore.

  7. Walt
    February 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks to the homeowners who’ve spent serious money and time preserving livable art that can’t be duplicated. They provide enjoyment for those of us who just like to look at them, and income for businesses catering to those who come from elsewhere to see them.

  8. Curley
    February 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    When you look back at all of the beautiful Victorians that were razed after World War II to make room for all of the Pierson Homes and the like it’s amazing there are any left at all. Still- Eureka has a very charming side and especially Old Town is hugely improved over it’s condition in the 1970’s. I suppose there’s a good argument for Redevelopment in that. And I certainly agree sith Plain Jane about her suggestion on keeping the architecture Victorian if the Marina Center does go through.

  9. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I am one of the landlords, property managers who regularly gets slammed here, and while I haven’t spent a fortune I don’t have, I have spent a lot of money that I will never recoup fixing up a couple of old houses that were historic and going to waste. I have been rewarded by compliments and awards from the city, nice renters, and my own personal satisfaction that the city is better for it. I have also been punished by pot growers and a few irresponsible renters who did not respect history or the beauty of bringing an old house back to function and beauty. It comes with the territory. Also the hate-mongering I get here, but it’s still worth it.

  10. anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    The last time a count was done of historic houses in Eureka was in 1970s and there were 1600 designated historic structures that made the list. If a new count is done with todays knowledge they will probably find that there are at least 3000 victorians. Many houses were not counted the first time because they were not restored yet or there were several in the same style on the same block so they didn’t think they should duplicate a certain style. Victorian is an era. Within this era there are many styles. Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate and others. Maybe now some new people will come here and buy these treasures and fix them up. Keep them out the hands of the slumlords and welfare mongers.

  11. Gump
    February 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Curley,
    Very few if any Victorians were razed to build Pierson houses. He built most of them on cheap open land that was readily available. Why buy an existing house, tear it down, and then build a new house when there was plenty of room to build back then.

    Go on the HSU library site and there are some great historical photo’s showing eureka from the air. Several Pierson subdivisions are under construction in them and you can see they were built on open land.

    What is amazing in these photos is the extensive farmland in and around Eureka even into the 60’s

  12. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Are there any local Craftsman houses in the registry?

  13. Dancing
    February 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Victorians, when they can be preserved, are a beautiful example of architecture representing a specific era. Trying to replicate them is a fools errand and favoring that architectural style over well designed modern buildings is foolish as well.

    Those owners who restore their historic properties are to be commended. Constant maintenance is required on a Victorian or any home of that age and it is a huge expense to install/replace historically accurate details.

    I would speak out against a movement advocating for the homogenization of our diverse community by putting forth an effort to make new buildings fit a Victorian style. The resources required for such a lavish style to be replicated is counter to most of what is espoused on this blog. Talk about your huge carbon footprint! Thinking like that is narrow minded and impractical.

    When designing a contemporary building it is true that some elements of a given style can be incorporated, a good example of this is the 5th Street project where Starbucks lives.

  14. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    What gives ? A postitive news story on the Herald ?

  15. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    There were a lot of Victorians razed in the 50’s and 60’s. Many of the “newer” homes in Victorian era neighborhoods were built on the site of razed Victorians or their gardens. A Carson mansion once stood where the T-S building is now and many other mansions were demolished as well.

  16. pete
    February 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Plain Jane there ARE craftsman houses listed.

  17. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Then there is The Fifth Street Market in Eugene, downtown river front in close proximity to a lovely park on both sides of the river, walking bridges to cross. It is refurbished factories and warehouses, very rustic but updated with sheltered outdoor areas, multi level shops and restaurants, multiple smaller parking areas, I think even some apartments. Of course, Eugene was fortunate to have those buildings available, but it’s a relatively inexpensive type of architecture which wouldn’t jar the senses in such a visible location in a Victorian seaport.

  18. Ross Rowley
    February 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Ferndale was in the process of having many Victorian-era buildings razed and replaced with the new modern stucco buildings. Viola Russ McBride stepped up and purchased many of the old buildings we see today and rented them out to rapscallion artist types. (Hobart Brown and his ilk) When you drive into Ferndale, look at the stucco houses intermingled with the Victorians and see what that looks like. It’s not bad, it’s just different. Myself, I’m not a fan of Victorians and their garish nature. More of a Frank Lloyd Wright kind of guy, but Hey, if it brings in tourists…take ’em to Hillsdale Street and let ’em gawk.

  19. skippy
    February 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Outstanding. Equally outstanding was Mr. Stenger’s 3:16 post graciously acknowledging HCCVB intern Megan Parfitt for her kind efforts nominating our fair city to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This does not go unnoticed. Thank you, Ms. Parfitt and Mr. Stenger.

    (On a related note, Scotia also took notice in Newsweek’s recent issue here )

  20. Decline to State
    February 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m proud. I’ve chosen to live in Eureka on purpose, warts and all. It’s nice to see others share my appreciation. Sadly I’m afraid this is all about the monetary gains to the business community who I frequently find myself at odds with. Still it’s nice.

  21. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Fallingwater is one of the most beautiful homes in the US, Ross. Primarily, IMO, because it fits the setting.

  22. Ross Rowley
    February 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Jane, I agree with you on Fallingwater. And Dennis Weaver built a home out of recycled tires and mud. I kinda like it. But for all of that, the Carson Mansion is still one of the most photographed home in the U.S. Me? Meh! When you grow up in a place, you long for something different. I’ve always loved the little pastel colored beach homes in Capitola, Aptos, Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove. And, funny enough, that’s where I like to vacation. Well, that and Quartzsite, AZ.

  23. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Keep in mind that only cities with an accredited main street program are considered.

  24. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Curley, you are thinking of a victorian motif at the Marina Center? Call me crazy, but I really can’t imagine a big box warehouse adorned with Victorian detailing…

  25. Walt
    February 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Victorians are cool, but it’s the Pink House that knocks their eyes out. Wasn’t that designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? “Fallen Waiters” or something? Pretty exclusive, too, like the Ingomar. . .

  26. Plain Jane
    February 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    All Victorians aren’t ruffly, 7:06. Many have little to no gingerbread.

  27. longwind
    February 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This is an informative and delightful discussion. Architecture buffs should know that another difference between old Victorians and the next generation’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, which has a magical caged creek flowing through its living room, is that every owner of Fallingwater was crippled with arthritis. Some ideas are too good for this world. Crazy Victorians (where I spent my high school years in spintered splendor) are plenty good enough.

  28. longwind
    February 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    oops, my splendor was splintered.

  29. FoxStudio
    February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    We lived in and restored/renovated a 1901 Victorian for nine years. During that time we met many other people involved in similar projects. One of them asked us “How do you make a small fortune?”. The answer: “Start with a large fortune and buy a Victorian.”

    Although we ended up selling the house and moving, it was very satisfying to take a great old house which had had no work done on it since the 1970s and bring back its historic character.

    The biggest problems these old Victorians and Craftsman houses face in Eureka is cheap and dirty remodeling choices like vinyl windows and siding, along with a minority who see a house that basically only needs a coat of paint and think it’s a junker that should be torn down.

    The west side of Eureka would be greatly improved and a much more pleasant part of town to live in if the existing older homes were treated with respect and the city didn’t allow developers to build junky-looking infill apartment buildings, but instead required quality and appropriateness of design.

  30. Walt
    February 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    There are some hidden diamonds, even on the west side, like that little octagon house across from the DMV, surrounded by commercial.

  31. xandra
    February 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, many of us saw that there is a great treasure-trove of historic houses and buildings in Eureka and we love to live near or in them. So we moved here thinking we would help rescue them from what we thought was benign neglect. What we didn’t know is that the city fathers could care less. What we didn’t know is that the city fathers have something else happening that fuels the burning $$ is their pocikets and that is making money off the squalor that they have allowed in the historic neighborhoods. What we didn’t know is that the city fathers don’t want these treasures rescued because then there would be no “blighted” areas to list on their applications for grants and govermment funds.

    Now that evryone is recognizing the huge potential in Eureka with our fabulous stock of historic houses, it is premature to take a bow because we will only be laughed at if we waste this resource that everybody else recognizes. Let’s see what the city fathers do. Let’s see if they are still too proud to learn from others and other cities. I think the luck has run out on their other investment and they better learn fast.

  32. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    February 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Maybe Eureka needs to take a look at what Arcata is doing with its older buildings. Is Arcata putting project housing in its older neighborhoods too? Mixing multi-family in a neighborhood of SFR’s is just plain dumb! Then, to mix in the soon-to-be blight into neighborhoods with awesome architectures (even if different styles on the same street block) is even dumber. Yet, the dumbest of all seems to be the continuance of these policies that promote kickbacks to those selectable developers for the grant monies that allow HUGE PROFIT MARK-UPS to that select developer.

    Why?

    Tax dollars are thrown at projects through the design of flood funding to super-inflate false valuations for tax collection purposes, fees and other departmental service charges based on the number of units, number of heads, statistics that are always jerry-rigged, etc…

    It is to the point that new regulations will make new construction too burdensome for those trying to sell in a market that does not exist because the incomes of consumers are too low relative too societal costs, especially those forced upon costs that most people can’t escape away from…..and then there was rising costs with food, housing and everything else in between it appears.

    JL

  33. Goldie
    February 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Again… Kudos go to Megan Parfitt, and the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau. They have been putting out some great invitations lately.
    I especially love walking through the West Side. Hidden treasures abound.

  34. pete
    February 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Maybe those running this city’s historic architecture into the ground will have some respect and not continue to purposely blight our historic neighborhoods. Hopefully this will force the idiots into seeing the historic residential neighborhoods should not be turned into low rent slums. Will our residential West side neighborhoods be recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau? So far the only direction tourists are told to go is toward the Carson Mansion. This is great news that Eureka has finally gotten some recognition for an asset that should rightfully be world famous.

  35. Neal Latt
    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Love Letter to Eureka:
    I lived in Orleans for ten years before I really started hanging out in Eureka much. I would do the Farmers Market and come back to my girlfriend’s house near Henderson Center on Saturday afternoon. I remember having a beer on her porch and hearing the crack of the bat at Crusader Field and then the distant roar of the crowd in the late summertime as the sun set, in the stillness. I think that’s when I fell in love with Eureka, the poetry of it all. It’s the kind of thing that slowly crept up on me.
    Nowhere on the California coast is there a housing stock as special, historic – and affordable – as Eureka. I still get a chill going outside for a smoke in the winter fog and hearing the horns of the buoys blow, mournfully. It’s just comforting. I know I’m home.
    Eureka Pride!

  36. Julie Timmons
    February 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Would we have been given this recognition if the “Marina Center” had already been built ? I doubt it.

  37. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

    …or if the pulp mill was still operating? Peeee U.

  38. High Finance
    February 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Because the MC will destroy so many Victorians Julie ? ………..

  39. Eureka resident
    February 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thank goodness someone recognizes what those of us who live here see everyday, beautiful gardens and historic buildings. Unfortunately, we, especially the west side of Eureka are not respected by our public officials who see this as a place their business friends can make money and look on the residents as deadbeats.

  40. February 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    “Affordable”? Surely you jest, Mr. Latt.

  41. Neal Latt
    February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    No jest, Joel. Try finding a similar clutch of Craftsmans or Victorians on the California coast whose average price is lower. The same home that typically goes for 275K in Eureka is 900K in SF. Just sayin’.

  42. pete
    February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hey Joel Mielke your comics are great but you really should get out of town once in a while-Neal Latt is right.

  43. PLUTO
    February 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Those that run the town – the good ole boys are not able to appreciate historic architecture. Especially if it is on the West Side of Eureka. Landlords own the houses and just try to squeeze every penny out of them while the building and the neighborhood deteriorates. If those that like historic architecture were to come to town and see what we have that would spoil the whole thing for the local yahoos when new residents bought and fixed the houses up. Lets hope that someone like the visitors bureau will let tourists know that the bulk of the historic architecture is really South of Highway 101. Maybe on a web site?

  44. pete
    February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    High Finance-Victorian architecture is unique shopping malls are not. Tourists can see a crappy mall anywhere in the US. In fact many of those that travel are trying to escape just that very thing, the common and the ugly.

  45. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    victorians are unique and beautiful. too bad they don’t provide taxes and jobs for our poor city. am i understanding people correctly that we’re not supposed to have a marina center because we have victorians?

  46. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    You don’t think a big orange box at the edge of Old Town will add ambiance, Pete?

  47. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    2:09 missed the whole point of this thread, that owners of Victorians pay taxes and their beautiful homes bring tourists who stay in hotels and eat in restaurants, buy antiques and crafts, visit the zoo, and bring us all this free publicity. People don’t travel to shop in Home Depot, they have those at home. Home Depot won’t increase the money circulating in Humboldt County, but it will impact jobs (and wages) – negatively.

  48. skippy
    February 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    The Times-Standard article by Allison White describing Eureka’s Heritage Destination honor, the City Council and Mayor Jager being presented with the National Trust designation plaque, and the fine efforts of Ms. Parfitt and Mr. Stenger is here for readers.

  49. pete
    February 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Plain Jane your so right – Anonymous 2:09 completely missed the point.

  50. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    PJ- those empty victorians aren’t bringing in a whole lot of tax money right now. old town needs revitalization. the things arkley has already done have helped tremendously. also, the people want the big box and the entire marina center plan. quit crying sour grapes. your side lost in a democratic election. the marina center is a beautiful plan and it would benefit down town greatly. it’s really hard for me to believe people who have looked at the plan would disagree with me.

  51. PLUTO
    February 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Empty victorians? Again someone is talking about Old Town and not our Historic neighborhoods. Most of the historic architecture is South of 101. Anonymous 2:51 get off your soapbox and put down your cheerleading pom poms. Tourists don’t want to see another huge large parcel of asphalt and a big box.

  52. skippy
    February 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Eureka has beautiful architecture, history, scenery, and redwoods. But what also makes this place special? The people, the diversity, and the place.

    We know our neighbors and see friendly faces everyday. In minutes we’re at the beach or woods or bay, the dogs off the leash running free with others. We can choose peace, quiet, and privacy on those foggy and mysterious days… or have some fun and good times with others for the sunny ones. Folks still smile and wave, say a friendly hello in passing. We, like others on the street, take care of our humble adobe with pride; a pot of warm soup on the stove and a fire to be lit. When we sleep, it’s a deep slumber. Things are slower and nothing bad really happens here.

    Artists, beautiful old buildings, history, organic foods, music and bookstores, mom ‘n pop businesses, churches, events and community things, good water, fresh bread, local produce, bakeries, freshly roasted coffee, the local milk; Hi-Fi, Plain Jane, Owl, Mitch, Rose, Henchie, Neal, others, and you all bring something to it. This is the short list; there’s more for everyone.

    Most everything one could want in the ‘big’ city can be found in Eureka. Yes, Eureka could be better— if only the weather and petty crime would ever change— but it’s still good and mostly pleasant community, even the funkier elements having their niche and place. All-in-all, Eureka’s not perfect, glamorous, wealthy, or even wise… but still as fine of a place to live as anywhere.

  53. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I have never been a victim of petty crime here, knock on wood. Living in the right area? Not keeping valuables in the car? Not sure what has helped, but my office as well as my kids have had some trouble with break-ins. The weather is good here as long as you don’t want a hot summer. Fall and spring can be wonderful. We just had a run of a month of great sunny days and the winters can be okay if you like a little rain. Love the culture here.

  54. Anonymous
    February 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

  55. February 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

    The renderings of the Marina Center complex do show an attempt at the whole “Victorian Seaport” style. But there’s not much you can do with a gigantic cube with signs on four sides.
    It’s pointless, all the big stores are going to go online. You might as well make smaller boardwalk type shops, since only small shop local business people will even try to grab market-share in the new retail economy.

  56. Julie Timmons
    February 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    NO, Mr. Hi-Fi, whoever you be, my point is that tourism is likely to be a major source of livelihood here for the foreseeable future (sadly) and that when Ma and Pa RV drive up from Oxnard having not seen the ocean for the last 200 miles, the last thing they want to see coming into town is a damn Home Depot and commercial development on the water. We already have one ugly mall. That’s enough.

  57. skippy
    February 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Both Julie’s points are well regarded as (the one and only legendary) Hi-Fi’s. It all depends if you value tourism and scenery over the nuts and bolts of fiscal health; yours truly believes both values can prosper with good planning. You two sure are consistent if different. The planning as well as values here can be debated depending on one’s point of view; there’s not necessarily any right or wrong answer. Just what we value and plan for as a community with diverse opinions at hand.

    (On another note, the blog sites SoHum Parlance II and Fred’s Blog are also reporting on Eureka’s National Trust designation. All the Humboldt blogs are interesting with their own flavor and news, the Humboldt Herald still being home.)

  58. High Finance
    February 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    99% of all tourism jobs are minimum wage and seasonal.

    Why does the left disparage Home Depot jobs because alledgedly they are all minimum wage (not true) and then think tourism jobs are better ?

    Also Home Depot won’t be right on the water, the tourists couldn’t care less if it is in our town.

  59. Plain Jane
    February 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Tourism brings in money from outside which circulates in the community. Home Depot spreads the same dwindling supply of money around and ships more out of the community than local stores which will cause job losses which will mean even less money circulating which will cost more jobs….. Tourism doesn’t cause loss of jobs. Home Depot will be visible from the bay and down the streets of Old Town. At one end a gorgeous mansion, at the other a big orange box. Lovely!

  60. Goldie
    February 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    HOME DEPOT IS NOT INTERESTED IN COMING HERE.
    ( caps, too much? )

  61. February 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    “The renderings of the Marina Center complex do show an attempt at the whole “Victorian Seaport” style.”

    By all means, Eureka, put up more crappy faux Victorian “style” buildings. There aren’t enough of those in Old Town and on Fifth Street. We need the Marina Center to blight part of the waterfront the same way. I can hardly wait to see gingerbread on the big box. Gag.

    How about some professional, well-done modern architecture for the future?
    But that would require competence and taste among those who want to do the projects and those at City Hall who will approve them. Oh, well.

  62. High Finance
    February 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Links Goldie ? Or did you make that up ?

  63. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I suspect Goldie is right and completely agree with foxstudio.

  64. High Finance
    February 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    All that proves is that you make up stuff also.

  65. 06em
    February 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hifi, why do you keep mentioning that the Marina Center proposed project isn’t right on the water? It’s ridiculous for you and others to continue to assert that, when the only things separating the bay and the project down by Warfinger are a sidewalk, a street, and another sidewalk. Sheesh.

  66. sigurd
    February 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    It is unfortunate that in relation to a property on Cedar Lane in Redway, the planning department ( or whoever )is trying to re-zone it to low income housing. This should be considered a heritage parcel. Because of it’s large size and small homestead feel.This is the kind of authoritarian ” we will tell you where and what you can live like” attitude that has earned the resentment of the people who actually live, love and depend on these properties. These office dwellers think they have more right to control our land more than we do. Where people want to live they say no. What people want to save and protect they say no to as well. They are not our friends.

  67. skippy
    February 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    The Marina Center isn’t ON the water, but it’s right next to it exactly as 06em describes and as this photo from the archive shows.

  68. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    HiFi – What the heck are you talking about? Who is making stuff up? Are you completely oblivious to the fact that RA is hampered financially? So many people posting here, on both sides of the argument, are blind to the fact that he is over-extended, owes vast sums of money and cannot generate enough income to cover his debts. He is controlled by the banks he owes and it seems highly unlikely they will allow him to embark on a speculative project. Maybe, as some imply, his goal is to sell this property? Under any scenario, most of this is now out of RA’s control or wishes.

  69. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    1. The Marina Center/Balloon Track Tract is not on the water. It is across the street from the water. It can see the water, but it is not on the water. It views an ugly wasteland of a mill in Samoa that I hope will be improved.

    2. I think the planning dept is searching for places to complete their requirement of a certain amount of acreage of low income housing, so they went all over to county to find it. The historic neighborhood in Redway does not appreciate this lack of looking into the appropriateness of each designation.

  70. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Good luck in Redway. All one has to do is look at Eureka to see what the blighting effects of low income bring. The government should be told to stick it.

  71. skippy
    February 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

    You can view our Fair City’s nice comments and include your own here.

    Eureka, let’s step up the voting, too:

    National Trust Real Time Voting Results as of 2/18/11:

    Paducah, KY
    Votes: 22%
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    Sheridan, WY
    Votes: 16%
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    Chapel Hill, NC
    Votes: 11%
    * * * * * *
    New Bedford, MA
    Votes: 10%
    * * * * * *
    Alexandria, VA
    Votes: 10%
    * * * * * *
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Votes: 6%
    * * * * * *
    Saint Paul, MN
    Votes: 6%
    * * * * * *
    Dandridge, TN
    Votes: 6%
    * * * * * *
    San Angelo, TX
    Votes: 6%
    * * * * * *
    Eureka, CA
    Votes: 3%

    * * * * * *
    Sonoma, CA
    Votes: 2%
    * * * * * *
    Muskogee, OK
    Votes: 2%

    peace and the best for Eureka… skips

  72. anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    From what I could find on their info on Eureka they only mentioned the Carson Mansion. Same old thing. No mention that we have more than 1600 designated historic structures. That is DESIGNATED. We have more than that, probably more like 3,000. Mostly built in the victorian era. Poor Eureka always gets a back seat in the bus.

  73. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Maybe National Trust for Historic Preservation got the information about our town from the Chamber of Commerce. That would be the reason there is no mention about all our victorian neighborhoods. Remember the good ole boys don’t want to acknowledge the historic architecture. They try and ignore it and hope if they keep a slum long enough it will go away. Someone tell me what good the Chamber really does.

  74. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hey all you realtors out there- on this preservation site there are ads for historic houses for sale. Maybe one of you realtors out there with some sense will list a victorian. That way we may get someone from out of town that will buy a house and love it. Something new in Eureka-single family buyer not a slumlord. Always wondered why I never see Eureka listing houses on historic homes.com and other sights dealing in historic houses. Behind the Redwood Curtain again.

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