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Get to know Eureka

Only one city in California can claim the state’s single-word motto as its name. An abundance of redwoods, coupled with its deep-water harbor on Humboldt Bay, let Eureka assert its dominance as the timber capital of California in the mid-19th century. By the close of the Klamath gold rush, it surpassed nearby Arcata as the region’s principal city, laying out its progressively urban numbered-and-lettered street grid by 1854. The historic waterfront business district, today’s Old Town, still holds the ornate homes of timber titans — none more famous than the Carson Mansion, designed by celebrated San Francisco architects Newsom and Newsom. The flamboyant home, a mélange of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Eastlake-Stick sensibilities, is considered among the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the world. Eureka’s proprietary blend of old world sensibilities, coupled with the outdoor recreation opportunities its naturally-breathtaking surroundings have to offer, still holds true to its name.

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Living in Humboldt County

Nestled above Mendocino County at the extreme north end of California’s rugged coastline, Humboldt County is closer to Oregon than the Bay Area, though their economies have been linked for centuries. Its towering redwoods helped build San Francisco and tame the Wild West, the product of a thriving logging industry that’s been the area’s lifeblood since the Gold Rush. While it’s still active today, Humboldt has since diversified with other cash crops, including a burgeoning tourism scene. Eureka, the county seat, boasts eclectic shopping, pristine Victorian architecture, and the Port of Humboldt Bay, which lies shielded from ocean waters by the Samoa Peninsula. Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains 53,000 acres of towering forest, 17,000 of which comprise the largest stand of old-growth Sequoia Sempervirens on the planet. Two colleges, Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State) and College of the Redwoods, keep the region infused with fresh energy and ideas.