The red color of the heart wood and bark are, how the giant trees got named "Redwoods". The average mature Coastal Redwood Tree is hundreds of years old, a Giant can live 2000 yrs. An average Redwood stands about 200 - 250 feet ,a Giant more than 350 feet tall. Redwoods average 8 feet to as giant as 20 feet in diameter and can weigh as much as 500 tons. It is pretty hard not to be humbled and awestruck by these Majestic Trees.
The zoo has been opened since 1907. Yes, the buildings & homes for the animals have been modified. There is a gorgeous, large garden with a wishing well. Many animals, a petting zoo, gift shop and nice park next door. If you would like to have a picnic in the Redwoods, there are many sites to choose from. Further down the road in the trees is a large duck pond with ducks that love to see people.
Admission is free!
The Avenue of the Giants is just over 30 minutes drive from Eureka .The "Giants" are Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. The Redwoods are also some of the oldest trees in the world, called "the ambassadors from another time" by John Steinbeck .The Redwood forest is so beautiful and the misty air is filled with the scent of Cedar. Pictures really do not capture this awesome natural wonder.
The Carson House is the jewel of the Eureka Historic District. Two famous architects from San Francisco, Samuel and Joseph Newsom built it for William Carson. One hundred highly skilled workers built it in two years. It uses extensively precious exotic woods, onyx, stained glass and plaster works,
It is considered as “one of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States” . The Carson family owned it until the 50’s.
Photos 1 and 2 give a general view of the mansion.
Photo 3 shows it from the side. It is now home to the Ingomar private club
Photo 4 shows some detail of this extraordinary architecture that influenced further building in Eureka.
William Carson was a wealthy citizen of Eureka that built his wealth in the lumber industry.
To truly appreciate and see some of Eureka's finest Victorian homes, stop at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce on Broadway (right next to the bowling alley) and ask for a map for Eureka. You will see a bold outline of some streets. This is the driving tour of special homes. Some are Bed and Breakfast homes, others are normal residential homes. People take a lot of pride in owning these homes. They average 100-200 years old.
The Blue Ox Mill is a treasure to visit.
Eric Hollenbeck has developed a school, museum and park at his place in Eureka.
Eric does custom millwork on antique woodworking machinery which is used to restore Victorian homes on the East Coast and the West Coast.
My husband enjoys woodworking so I thought a stop at a place like this might be an interesting visit for him while we were traveling.
We enjoyed our visit so much we were sorry when we had to leave.
2nd street is one of the busiest streets in Eureka. A large section around the city center has kept a whole set of Victorian houses and is part of Eureka Historic District.
The first photo shows some of the most significant of these houses, with the ground level a shop and the first level apparently inhabited.
The one level house in the middle is the J. Lowenthal building, a Eureka historical landmark. On the right, another historical landmark, built in Italianate architecture and one of the longest operating bordellos in the city.
The second photo is a general view of 2nd street with in the background, in the axis of the street, the famous Carson Mansion.
On 410 G street stands a modern style building. It was built in 1920 as the Sweasey Theatre and renamed in 1921 Loew's State Theatre. It offered vaudeville, motion pictures as well as musical comedies and its programs were not second to any other theatre in San Francisco or Los Angeles
Several fires damaged the inside of the building that was closed in 1973. After that, it was used Daly's Department store (my photo) until 1995. It remained empty and unattended until 2003 when it was finally restored. It is now the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts (look at their web site). It is now again a theater with an impressive program.
The Carson Mansion was built by an early lumber baron named William Carson in 1885.The mansion took more than two years to build and it is the most photographed building in Eureka. The architecture is an elaborate combination of Queen Anne, Italianate and Eastlake styles. The Carson Mansion is prominate and can be seen from a distance around the town as well as from off shore.
I felt that this house had a majestic look though it was not in good condition and seemed to wait for rehabilitation when I visited.
It was built in 1886 as a two stories hotel and restaurant at the corner of 2nd and C streets. In 1893, it was cut in two halves and each half was shifted 30 meters away. In the gap, the four stories building shown on the photo was built, that united the two halves. It was a restaurant until the 60’s. For almost 20 years, it was closed and almost abandoned. In the early 80’s (when I visited), a huge program of rehabilitation began and in 1984, it was open as the luxurious Eagle House Victorian Inn (see their website with a photo of its present days look) that had been partly rebuilt and entirely restored as it was at the turn of the century.
This classic Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian House stands in front of the Carson Mansion, at the intersection of M Street and 2nd Street It was built in 1889 as the wedding gift from William Carson to his son Milton. The house is known locally as "the Pink Lady".
Photo 1 is a general view of the house.
Photo 2 shows a detail of the entrance.
We had been given by our Californian frends the address of the Old town fresh Crab cookery but unfortunately, it was closed. However, we were glad to find a nearby sea-food restaurant (sorry, neither photos nor address) where we had delicious crab, an excellent clam chowder and tasty oysters cooked in a smooth sauce. Whatever the address, Eureka is a place to get excellent fresh sea-food (see previous tip!).
Besides historical Carson Mansion and Pink Lady, I feel this house is among the most impressive Victorian houses in Eureka. Though, I have been unable to find any information on its history. It should have been built about at the same time that the two afore mentionned, ie built between 1880 and 1900.
Photo 1 is a general view of the house
Photo 2 shows the main entrance
Photo 3 shows the entrance
Photo 4 is a close up on the delicate carvings on top of the entrance.
Given its situation in Humboldt bay, one of the few excellent shelters of North California, Eureka developed primarily as a harbor to load logs from the redwoods forests that would be shipped to San Francisco and further. The wealth of Eureka and of its citizens was built on the wood trade.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes 17,000 acres of virgin redwood forest along the Pacific coast. Established in 1921, Humboldt's total size has grown to 53,000 acres, making it California's third largest state park (after Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's 600,000 acres and Henry W. Coe State Park's 87,000 acres). We only did a 20 mile portion of the 32-mile Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, but the park has much more including camping, boating, fishing, and 100 miles of hiking trails.