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Rare Birdseye View With Colored Chromolithographic Photo Insets

Fine large view of Eureka, California, published in Humboldt by Noe & Georgeson, with "Photos by Miller; Eureka".

Oriented with north at the top, with Woodley Island and Gunther's (now Indian) Island at the bottom right.

A remarkable large-format view, with 28 photographic insets, showing a number of important local scenes, including:

  • H.D. Bendixen Shipbuilding Co
  • Humboldt Bay Woolen Mills
  • Eureka Foundry
  • Crocker Bro's Emporium
  • The Bank of Eureka
  • Other Important Shops, Residences, Churches, etc.

The map shows a busy harbor, waterfront, and numerous sailing ships and steamships in the harbor, with the Depot of the E.R. & E.R.R. Railroad in the foreground and the Shasta-Trinity Forest beyond. The S. Park Race Course appears at the top right. A number of streets are named.

A note above the title and to the left identifies the site of the new $30,000 Carnegie Library, which was constructed in 1902.

The view was lithographed in San Francisco by Britton & Rey, one of the latest Britton & Rey imprints which we have seen.

While founded during the Gold Rush era, it was the lumber industry that formed the backbone of Eureka's growth. While initially only accessible by sea, through its remarkable natural harbor, by the 1880s, railroads brought the production of hundreds of mills throughout the region to Eureka, primarily, for shipment through its port.


The view is very rare. We locate only the examples in the Library of Congress, Bancroft Library and Penn State University.

This is a variant issue with "Compliments of Belcher & Crane Company, 531 Third Street, Eureka, Cal." in the bottom margin. 

Condition Description
A couple of edge tears repaired with tape on verso.