Posts Tagged ‘history’

This Saturday, Ruth Moon’s Eureka Discovery Walks take us on a visit of the O Street circle and the Eureka High School neighbourhood. She says:

Homes in the O street neighborhood are products of the post-war prosperity, and reflect the era’s idea of ‘modernity’ as well as what they thought was ‘country’ with some Ranch style homes, International, Contemporary, and Prairie. Most homes are wide and low, with large garages set back from the street. New ideas of residential or urban planning are reflected in the wide curving street with wide sidewalks, and the absence of utility poles and lines.

The walk starts at 9:30am on Saturday, August 22, at the corner of F Street and Del Norte Street near the First United Methodist Church, “a white Gothic Revival with a distinctive tall narrow spire.”


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Performing Arts mural, Eureka, CA -- Sophie Lagacé, 2009The July tour from Eureka Discovery Walks is the popular Art and Murals walk, this Saturday July 25. The walk starts at 9:30AM in front of the Eureka Co-op at 4th and B streets (do not park in the Co-op lot!)

Our tour guide and the driving — er, walking — force behind Eureka Discovery Walks, Ruth Moon, says:

This is an easy walk along city sidewalks, mostly level, with some crossing of busy intersections. The tour will talk 1½ to 2 hours.

The detailed itinerary can be downloaded from her site but being my usual geeky self, I thought I’d also share the map of what that itinerary looks like. Naturally, Ruth may decide to alter it at any time to improve the experience!

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Trinidad Beach in light fog -- Copyright 2009 Edmund Metheny

Trinidad Beach in light fog -- Copyright 2009 Edmund Metheny

A couple of weeks ago, the Crescent City Daily Triplicate introduced us to an exciting mapping project: the North Coast California Geotourism project, covering the Del Norte to Marin areas, including Lake County.

Working with the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, the North Coast Tourism Council and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are compiling a Geotourism Map Guide. The NGCSD has already contributed large databases of fascinating information to Google Earth.

The Del Norte County Visitors Bureau is exploring this opportunity to make the North Coast shine in the public’s eye, along several other ideas to attract more tourism.

So what exactly does “geotourism” mean? According to the North Coast Geotourism project site:

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

The project team is hoping to develop an online geotourism guide and database, and perhaps a paper (poster map) version as well. I expect the database will also be available in online mapping applications like Google Maps and Google Earth.

Through an online nomination form, anyone can submit a site: natural, cultural, and historic attractions, etc. You can also download and print the PDF form and fax it to (831) 647-4244, or mail it back to BLM California Coastal National Monument, 229 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940.

What kind of sites get listed? Here is a list of categories to draw from:

  • Natural area (river, waterfall, botanical, geologic feature)
  • Beach, tidepool, public pier or other coastal access
  • Cultural, traditional experience, museum or site
  • Native American Heritage Sites
  • Festivals, celebration, ceremony, or event
  • Historic site (fort, cemetery, church, shipwreck, etc.)
  • Arts, artisan, or handicrafts
  • Outdoor recreation (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.)
  • Music, dance, theater, storytelling, etc.
  • Accommodation (B&B, lodge)
  • Culinary, cuisine (restaurant, café, wine bar, brew pub)
  • Visual attraction (scenic overlook, photo point, etc.)
  • Farm, agriculture, ranch, winery, etc.
  • Redwoods theme (hikes, groves, restoration, etc.)
  • Wildlife habitat and/or wildlife viewing
  • Locally or family-owned business
  • Scenic byway or drive
  • Eco-friendly (fish-friendly farming, carbon neutral, etc.)
  • Salmon theme (fish viewing area, hatchery, restoration efforts, river float trips, exhibits, etc. )

So why not take a few hours to sit with family or friends some weekend this month, list your favourite sites, and fill the form together to brag about the local “best kept secrets”? The form is very simple and there is even an example of filled form available on the Website to help guide answers.

The deadline for nominations was first set for March 30, but has been extended to May 31, 2009. For questions, call Marcia deChadenedes, Project Coordinator at 831-372-6225.

Links of interest:

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The Humboldt County Historical Society will be sponsoring a talk by Ray Hillman on the “Shipwreck of the Columbia” next Saturday, as part of its Historical Lecture Series.

The passenger steamship Columbia collided with the lumber schooner San Pedro in the fog off the coast of Shelter Cove on the night of July 21, 1907. Some 151 passengers and crew drowned.

Ray Hillman is a local historian, a UC Berkeley graduate and a regional history instructor at College of the Redwoods and at Humboldt State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He was also curator of the Clarke Museum for many years.

When and where:

  • Saturday April 4 at 1:30 pm, at the Humboldt County Library‘s first floor meeting room, 1313 Third Street, Eureka. Free admission.

Links of interest:

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The 49th annual luncheon of the Humboldt County Historical Society will be held this Sunday at 1PM at the Elks Club.  Speakers Dennis Turner and Jerry Rohde will talk about “Place Names and Places of Humboldt County”.  Mr. Turner is the author of a book also called Places Names of Humboldt County, and I’m told Mr. Rohde is a very interesting speaker.  My husband and I have our tickets and look forward to the talk.

The luncheon and talk will be followed by the presentation of the annual history award, and a silent auction and raffle.

When and where:

Sunday, February 15 at 1PM (doors open at 12:30PM)

Elks Club, 445 Herrick, Eureka

Links of interest:

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Principia title pageThis day 321 years ago, Sir Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, better known as Principia. It gave us Newton’s laws of motion — the very foundation of classical mechanics, his law of universal gravitation, and a derivation of Kepler’s laws (which had originally been empirically obtained) of planetary motion.

Interestingly, although Newton had developed calculus as a mathematical tool to derive these laws, he largely left it out of Principia, and instead re-created most of the proofs for his laws using geometry. Presumably, calculus was too much of a newfangled or obscure field of mathematics.

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