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History and Architecture

Eureka’s rich history and stunning architecture are deeply intertwined.
Learn more below, and explore key attractions, tours and places that make Eureka unique.

TIMELINE

1850’s
1860
1880's
1884

The California Gold Rush brought settlers to Humboldt Bay in the 1850s, and the city was given the name “Eureka” from the Greek word meaning “I have found it.”

ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES

Learn about Eureka’s architecture, including the most photographed Victorian home in the country.

Couple holding hands walking past a rainbow colored Victorian style house
Pink exterior of victorian style house with rainbow color stain glass windows
horse and carriage going along the street with bubbles

OLD TOWN CARRIAGE TOURS

Take a ride back in time with Brendan Fearon and his horse, Pearl and explore the streets of historical Old Town Eureka. This year-round guided tour showcases Eureka’s diverse architecture and shares unique stories about the city’s rich history.