Arcata is a great place to encounter visually exciting historic architecture. The town was settled around 1850 under the name of Union, and underwent several different periods as it developed. After what was known as the settlement era, Arcata went through a period of heavy Victorian influence. Many Victorian houses and structures stand to this day, and are popular sites for tourists and photographers. The William Nixon House is a great example of one from this period. Located on 10th St., this amazing home was originally bought for 500 sacks of potatoes. On 14th St. are mirror-image mansions, which sit across the street from one another.
Designated historic landmarks include the Hotel Arcata at 9th and G Sts., which was built in 1915; one of the oldest continuously operated theaters in the country, the Minor Theatre at 10th and H Sts., which was built in 1914; and Jacoby’s Storehouse at 8th and H Streets. Built in 1857, Jacoby’s Storehouse is now used for numerous restaurants, shops and offices, as well as a Railroad Museum on the ground floor. All of these structures have undergone restoration in recent years and feature quality workmanship in the exterior and interior of the buildings. Along with the historical landmarks, you’ll be sure to enjoy. The Arcata Main Street office is also located in that building.