Eureka Old Town Waterfront Self Guided Tour

Step back in time and take a self-guided tour through Eureka’s Old Town Waterfront District.  

Walk the blocks of this restored commercial area of Eureka’s original waterfront district where time remains in the Victorian era of the late 1800s.  

Eureka was established in 1850, not as the lumber town it eventually became, but as a transportation and supply center for the Gold Rush that was happening along the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Since Humboldt Bay was the source of all commerce at that time, a business district developed along the shoreline with offices, merchant shops and saloons.  

Today, these blocks of vintage commercial buildings have been lovingly restored, and now contain bookstores, restaurants, coffee houses, galleries, museums and a variety of unusual boutiques.  

Find out more about Historic Old Town
 

For more information on Eureka's architecture, check out the Eureka Heritage Society - www.eurekaheritage.org

 

 

 

THE EUREKA - HUMBOLDT VISITORS BUREAU   INVITES YOU TO: 

 

Step back in time and take a self guided tour through Eureka’s Old Town Waterfront District.   

 

 

 

Having missed the Urban Redevelopment phase of the 60's, Eureka now finds itself as one of the few remaining reminders of the old commercial centers

 

Eureka was established in 1850, not as the lumber town it eventually became, but as a transportation and supply center for the Gold Rush that was happening along the Klamath and Trinity Rivers.  Since Humboldt Bay was the source of all commerce at that time, a business district developed along the shoreline with offices, merchant shops and saloons.

 

Today, the Old Town and Downtown district is one of Eureka’s greatest assets. These blocks of vintage commercial buildings have been lovingly restored, and now contain bookstores, restaurants, coffee houses, galleries, museums and a variety of unusual boutiques.  Walk the blocks of this National Register Historic District, Eureka’s  original waterfront district where time remains in the victorian era of the late 1800’s

 

516 2ND   (2nd bet G & F St)

Oberon Salon

Originally: THE OBERON SALOON  Today:

Style:  Classical Revival     Built:  1886

Clientele from the Vance Hotel frequented this saloon where the walls were once decorated with oil paintings and tapestries.  It is most remembered  for a fight started by Jack London in 1910.  

 

525 Second ST  (2nd & G St)  Originally:  THE VANCE HOTEL

Style: 2nd Empire / Classical  Built:  1872

Built for the lumber pioneer John Vance, as a first class hotel.