Eureka California, "Gingerbread" Mansion
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Eureka California, "Gingerbread" Mansion
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Eureka California,
William Carson (July 15, 1825 – February 20, 1912), for whom the mansion was built, arrived in San Francisco from New Brunswick, Canada in 1849. His first attempts at financial security in the minor gold rush in the Trinity Mountains region failed. During one of the winters between forays into mining, Carson hauled logs from the Freshwater slough to the Pioneer Mill on the shores of Humboldt Bay. He claimed to be the first to fell a tree for commercial purposes on Humboldt Bay. By 1853 he was selling shiploads of Redwood lumber, bound for San Francisco. In 1863 Carson formed the Dolbeer and Carson Lumber Company, in partnership with John Dolbeer, who would invent the Steam Donkey Engine in 1881 and revolutionize logging. In 1884, on the eve of construction of the great home, the successful operation was producing 15,000,000 board feet of lumber annually. The milling operations combined with additional investments as far away as Southern California and at least partial ownerships in schooners used to move the lumber to booming markets on the west coast and all over the globe,[3] set the stage for the unlimited budget and access to resources the builders would have. Milling operations at the original Humboldt Bay site below the mansion continued well into the 1970s, but under different ownership for over twenty years after the Carson heirs left the area in the 1950s. from library of congress, The Carson Mansion is included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) as Catalog number CA-1911.
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