Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Old Town Eureka
Eureka California


Eureka is second only to San Francisco in its heritage of Victorian buildings, ranging from substantial brick commercial properties to fanciful gingerbread mansions and picturesque cottages. Many of these are clustered between the modern downtown (along Highway 101) and the bayshore, an area known as Old Town.

It is hard to believe today, but in the 1960's this cultural treasure was almost razed to make way for a freeway. I can remember when it was dilapidated and peopled by winos, hookers, and muggers, dangerous at night, like a bit of San Francisco's Tenderloin dropped down here on the north coast. Redevelopment began in the 1970's and by the 90's it had become the best known and most attractive part of the city.



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The historic Carson Mansion at the north end of Old Town

(January 19, 2008)


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The Carter House hotel occupies several buildings in Old Town Eureka

(January 19, 2008)


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A row of white Victorian houses on Third Street

(January 19, 2008)


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Second Street at G Street in Old Town

(January 19, 2008)


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F Street in the heart of Old Town Eureka

(January 19, 2008)


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Second Street (Two Street) between F and G

(January 19, 2008)


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The Old Town Gazebo

(January 19, 2008)


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The Eureka Museum and police substation in Old Town

(January 19, 2008)


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Second Street at C Street, the south end of Old Town

(January 19, 2008)


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