The Eureka Heritage Society's
Walking and Driving Photo Tours
Over the coming years, we will be adding several Walking Tours.
Photos of Eureka's historic and architecturally important structures
laid out with maps and information to allow for
an easy self-guided tour either by car or on foot.
Work on a walking tour of the Clark District has been
underway for a number of years.
In the interim, here is a link to our annual Home Tour page.
The Eureka Heritage Society in partnership with Eureka Main Street and
the owners of recognized historic structures, have been placing bronze plaques.
Here is Bob Libershal's recent update on the program:
This program was initiated many years ago and is currently a collaborative effort of the Eureka Heritage Society, Eureka Main Street and individual property owners to identify significant buildings in our historic "Old Town" and central business district in a recognizable, cohesive manner.
In 2004, Barbara Maxon and Kay Kaylor of the Eureka Heritage Society
and Charlotte McDonald, Director of Eureka Main Street, reactivated the program.
They researched fabricators, materials, sizes, pricing and availability.
A permanent bronze plaque mounted on the exterior of the building, of substantial size that could be seen from the street, and listing pertinent information about the building was selected as the best format. Barbara, Kay and Charlotte selected buildings based on their location and age, contacted the owners, and coordinated the description of each building to be listed on its plaque with local historians.
The first seven buildings to receive a plaque were on First and Second Streets in 2005;
the next year, seven buildings on Second Street were added.
In 2007, five buildings on E Street, and in 2008 five buildings on F Street received their plaques. Four of the five buildings selected in 2009 are on G Street. Third Street was honored with plaques for two buildings in 2010, and in 2011 with a commemorative plaque for the site of Eureka's former City Hall.
The presentation of these plaques had become the focus of the
Annual Meeting of the Eureka Heritage Society each January.
To date, thirty-six plaques have been given to property owners in Old Town and Downtown Eureka.
We are proud to announce that most of these have been installed. A plaque typically lists the year the structure was built, its historic name, architectural style, original owner and builder/architect, historic items of interest and current owner at the time of selection.
A brochure courtesy of Eureka Main Street with a map and short discription of each building is available free of charge at Many Hands Gallery, Second and F Streets;
so pick one up and enjoy your own walking tour!
January 15, 2012: revision/update of article from Winter 2009 Heritage Herald.
– Bob Libershal
(Nov. 2, 2016: revision /update number of plaques; four in 2016.)
The Home Tour
Annually held the first Sunday in October, this is the Eureka Heritage Society's premier event. Information about each year's tour, including the homes, businesses and buildings selected, will be posted as it becomes available.
For more information and a look at photos from past Home Tours: