Humboldt County is home to hundreds of artists, and this fact is apparent when one notices the numerous murals that adorn many of the Eureka area buildings.
This self-guided tour spotlights magnificent murals painted on the sides of buildings. Renowned local artist Duane Flatmo has painted many of these, some humorous and some depicting historical views of the area. FIREHOUSE ALARM, HORSE DRAWN FIRE WAGON 3rd & O Streets (next to Eureka Public Library) By C.R. Spicer
MURRAY FIELD VINTAGE 1930 4th between L & M Streets (Eureka Travel). By Duane Flatmo. This 50 foot mural is an early scene of old Murray Field, the local 1930s small craft airport with vintage airplanes being readied for takeoff. It incorporates the grass growing next to the building into the scene on the wall.
ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO 905 4th Street (Courthouse Market) between J & K Sts. By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students. 15-feet-tall-by-80-foot-wide, this mural depicts animal heads on human bodies. It’s a varied collection of creatures. Some are in suits, one has a top hat, and another brandishes a guitar.
THE GRAY VICTORIAN 723 3rd Street, between H and I (east wall of Times Printing). By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students. This mural blends into the gray Victorian house behind the wall of the mural giving the illusion of a larger building. Includes footprints in the adjacent parking lot that designate the proper viewing point for the mural.
BUILDING ARCHITECTURE 538 H Street between 5th and 6th (north wall of Expert Tire). By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students.
CLIMBING PLANTS 616 H Street between 6th and 7th (north wall of Vision Center). By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students.
TRIBUTE TO ARCHITECTURE AND PERFORMING ARTS F Street Between 4th & 5th. By Duane Flatmo – completed in 2007.The mural measures 70 feet by 70 feet making it one of the largest in Northern California.
INDIAN ISLAND - THE SUN SET TWICE ON THE PEOPLE 612 F Street between 6th and 7th (wall of Eureka Theater). By Alme Allen and Brian Tripp. The mural honors the Wiyot people, and contains many images that refer to the ceremonies and history of the indigenous people in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
INHARMONIOUS 520 F Street on 5th and F Streets (north wall of Eureka Rubber Stamp). By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students, 2003.
NO BARKING ANY TIME 426 F Street between 4th and 5th (north wall of North Coast Dance Studios). By Duane Flatmo and Rural Burl Mural Bureau students.
NATURE'S BOUNTY 25 4th Street between B and C Sts (North Coast Co-Op). By Duane Flatmo. Completed in 2007 – Six 20 foot panels.
BUCKSPORT MURAL 3650 Broadway (Bucksport Sporting Goods). By Duane Flatmo, design by L.W. Duke. One mural depicts rugged mountain men in a precarious position aboard their canoe in raging river rapids. On the opposite side of the building are more mountain men around a campfire, keeping a wary eye on a bear.
A LANDSCAPE OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY 4100 Broadway (Pierson’s Building Center). By Duane Flatmo.
FIN-N-FEATHER 9931 F Street between Henderson and Harris. By Randy Spicer, 2004.
OLD TIME GAS STATION WITH CUSTOMERS 2737 F Street on Henderson and F Streets (Finnegan and Nason Auto Supply). By Duane Flatmo. Larger than life people doing business at a 1940s garage with vintage cars and gas pumps.
HORSE AND HOUNDS 3956 Jacobs Ave. off Hwy 101 north of Eureka (Eureka Animal Clinic). By Duane Flatmo, 1994. A team of four Belgium draft horses that seems to move toward the viewer, while a small Jack Russell terrier looks on in awe of the gentle giants.