Eureka Old Town Mural and Historical Walk
Description: Some of the most interesting walks have turned out to be incredibly close to home. Case in point is this meandering journey through Eureka’s commercial district and Old Town (an 11-block long, three-block wide district of Late Victorian, Greek Revival, Classical Revival storefronts and residences recognized on the National Register of Historic Places) designed to pass nearly two dozen murals that decorate Eureka and, in the process, get a taste of the historic architecture of the area. There may be a few cars to dodge but no streams to ford. And unless you get really lost, you won’t come home with your shoes muddy.
MURAL – Firehouse Alarm: Horse Drawn Fire Wagon
3rd and N Street (next to Eureka Public Library)
Go west on 3rd Street to ‘M’ Street and turn left to 4th. Turn right on 4th Street.
MURAL – Murray Field Vintage 1930
4th between ‘L’ and ‘M’ Streets (on the east side of the Roy Hansen Building)
MURAL – Animals are People Too
905 4th Street between ‘J’ and ‘K’ Streets (on the east side of Courthouse Market)
Either turn right on ‘J’ Street or go through the Courthouse Market parking lot and left to ‘J’ Street at the alley. Turn left at the alley between ‘I’ and ‘J’. Take note that this is a one-way alley with the traffic flow going against you.
MURAL – Egrets and Water Scene
In the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets between ‘I’ and ‘J’ Streets
On the south side of the Law Office of Lawrence O Eitzen, 816 3rd St
Turn right on ‘I’ Street and left on 3rd Street.
MURAL – The Gray Victorian
723 3rd Street between H and I (east wall of Times Printing)
Turn left on ‘H’ Street and proceed to 6th Street.
Tropical Fish – INVOLVES A SLIGHT DETOUR OFF SUGGESTED ROUTE
728 4th St (east side of the Scrapper’s Edge)
BUILDING -514 ‘H’ Street – The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse was built in 1909 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
MURAL – Building Architecture
538 H Street between 5th and 6th (north wall of Expert Tire)
MURAL – Climbing Plants
616 H Street between 6th and 7th
Turn right on 6th Street and right again on ‘G’ Street viewing the following as you continue all of the way to 1st Street.
MURAL – Arkley Center for the Performing Arts
G Street between 4th and 5th (viewed to the east across the parking lot)
BUILDING – 412 ‘G’ Street – The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1919 as the Sweasey Theater-Loew’s State Theater.
MURAL – Alley Cats
G Street between 4th and 5th
BUILDING – Vance Hotel, 2nd and ‘G’ Streets – (See description on the Eureka Waterfront walk, Hike #37)
Turn left on 1st Street viewing the following as you proceed to ‘C’ Street.
MURAL – Wild Seas
1st Street between ‘G’ and ‘F’ Street
BUILDING – 112 ‘F’ Street – This Stick/Eastlake style building is on the National Register of Historic Places (1893)
BUILDING – 422 1st Street – Was initially H.H. Buhne’s hardware store. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buhne was the first American to cross the bar into the bay. On the bay side of the street is Eureka’s oldest commercial building (c1858), Buhne’s General Store.
MURAL – Remnants of the North Coast Co-op Mural
1st Street between ‘D’ and ‘E’ Street
MURAL – Bearymore, the Great Winged Grizzly
220 1st Street between ‘C’ and ‘D’ Streets
Turn left on ‘C’ Street and left on 2nd Street. Continue on 2nd Street to ‘F’ Street.
BUILDING – The Eagle House Hotel – 2nd and ‘C’ Street – built in 1888 in the Queen Anne style originally served those traveling by steamship.
PUBLIC ART – Romano Gabriel’s Sculpture Garden
2nd between D and E Streets
Turn right on ‘F’ Street viewing the following as you continue to 7th Street. After reaching the mural located between the Morris Graves Museum of Art and the Eureka Theatre retrace your path to 4th Street.
BUILDING – Carson Block Building, 227 ‘F’ Street. In 1891, William Carson, anxious to create a positive community spirit in the face of a logging recession, built this massive office building. It included the 1,400 seat Ingomar Theatre (closed in 1923 and gutted in 1958). The building received a $5.3 million facelift and seismic retrofit in 2016.
MURAL – Tribute to Architecture and Performing Arts
‘F’ Street between 4th and 5th (viewed to the east on the back of the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts)
MURAL – No Barking Any Time
426 ‘F’ Street between 4th and 5th (north wall of North Coast Dance Studios)
MURAL – Inharmonious
520 F Street on 5th and F Streets
BUILDING – Eureka Theatre (1939) – On the National Register of Historic Places.
BUILDING – Carnegie Building/Morris Graves Museum of Art – On the National Register of Historic Places (1903)
MURAL – Indian Island – The Sun Set Twice on the People
612 ‘F’ Street between 6th and 7th (north wall of Eureka Theatre)
Turn left on 4th Street and proceed to ‘A’ Street. Turn left on ‘A’ Street.
MURAL – The Hidden Mural – Where Eureka Meets the San Francisco Earthquake
See the thin, 3” separation on the west side of the George Petersen Insurance Building, between ‘D’ and ‘E’ on 4th Street
MURAL – Nature’s Bounty
425 4th Street between A and B Streets (south wall of the North Coast Co-op)
MURAL – Two Whales
On ‘A’ Street between 4th and 5th
MURAL – Indigenous Man wearing a Huge Headdress
Southeast corner of 5th and ‘A’ on the west side of “A Fertile World”
Turn left on 5th Street (perhaps with a short walk past the “Indigenous Man” mural to the “Harvey’s Fine Used Cars” mural and back)
MURAL – “Harvey’s Fine Used Cars”
Northeast corner of 6th and ‘A’
Walk to ‘E’ Street (4 blocks) and turn left after locating the “Play within a Play” mural. Walk to 3rd Street (3 blocks).
MURAL – Play within a Play
On the south side of Wells Fargo Advisors and Starbucks at the west end of the parking lot, ‘E’ and 5th Street
Turn right on 3rd Street and walk to ‘L’ Street (7 blocks).
BUILDING – The Clark Museum (3rd and ‘E’ Street) – On the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly the Bank of Eureka building (1911).
BUILDING – Carter House – northwest corner of ‘3rd’ and ‘L’ is a replica of a house designed by the Newsoms and built in San Francisco in 1884.
Turn left on ‘L’ Street for one block and right on 2nd Street for one block to ‘M’ Street at the Carson Mansion.
BUILDING – Carson Mansion, 2nd and ‘M’ Streets – Outside of our redwood forests and stunning coastline, the most iconic (and photographed) symbol of the North Coast. (See description on the Eureka Waterfront walk, Hike #37.)
Finish the route by returning to 3rd Street (one block right/south) and left on 3rd the short distance to the Humboldt County Library.