Eureka Home to a Large Timber Industry
Humboldt Bay is the largest natural bay between San Francisco and the Puget Sound in Washington State.Eureka sits on the shore of Humbolt Bay in the center of Californias Redwood Coastline. This heavily forested area did and still has a large timber industry. A very successful lumber business is how Mr Carson earned his fortune and was able to build his Mansion and other prestigeous Victorians in Eureka,
I was pretty awe struck watching the bargs in the harbor loading and hawling away loads of timber. So many trees trunks stacked so high on the barg. It was a massive undertaking and yet a common job in this region.
Avenue of the Giants
About an hour south of Eureka on Highway 101, you will see a sign for the 'Avenue of the Giants' . This is an alternate route that parallels the highway. Drive among the big Redwood trees, stop and have a picnic, jump in the river, or just observe the 51,222 acres of large trees & groves. When you approach a town named Weott, you will see signs where high water rose to in the 1964 flood. You will be amazed the river rose so high.
Eureka has just recently...
Eureka has just recently finished refurbishing the marina area of old town and this seems to have added a much needed and long awaited additon to the area. Lots of boats and other recreational water activities will now invite area residents and tourists to the this part of the city. In the last couple of years, much work has gone into reclaiming the oldtown area from transient types with restaurants, hotels and great shopping.
Check Out the Pink Lady
More than 10,000 Victorian homes line the streets of Eureka and "The Pink Lady" is a beautiful example. The landmark home was built and given as a wedding gift from the city founder and lumber baron, Mr Carson to his son.
Avenue of the Giants
Running parallel to Highway 101, this scenic drive has many stopping points for those who want to hike through the redwood forests. Take your pick of trails; they're all worth it.
These trees often live thousands of years, and can grow to over 300 feet tall. That's largely because they are very hardy and resilient. Redwoods are highly resistant to parasites, and often regrow after a fire or lightning strike. A prime example of how tough they are is the Immortal Tree, which has survived fires, lightning, floods, and even attacks by loggers. Its age is estimated at nearly 1,000 years.
In death, the redwoods provide nourishment for new trees. So, the forest continually rejuvenates itself. Walking among these giant, ancient trees is a humbling experience, reminding us of how temporal we really are.