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Eureka in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Oberon

Classical Revival Architecture, 1878

 

—Eureka Historic Landmark —

 
Oberon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
1. Oberon Marker
Inscription. Dry goods, saloons, Cafes Royal and Oberon (Site 1910 Jack London fight), used furnishings

This program possible through a partnership with property owners Roy and Susan Kohl, Eureka Main Street, and the Eureka Heritage Society
 
Erected by Roy and Susan Kohl, Eureka Main Street, Eureka Heritage Society.
 
Location. 40° 48.266′ N, 124° 9.965′ W. Marker is in Eureka, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on 2nd Street east of F Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 2nd Street, Eureka CA 95501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buhne Building (within shouting distance of this marker); August Palmtag Building (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Lowenthal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); D. C. McDonald Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italianate Architecture (about 300 feet away); Ritz Building (about 300 feet away); The Cousins Building (about 300 feet away); Eureka City Hall (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Eureka.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Oberon Grill History. Originally built by C.S. Ricks
The Oberon Grill, started as the Oberon Saloon, and was many things in-between image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 6, 2012
2. The Oberon Grill, started as the Oberon Saloon, and was many things in-between
The marker is visible here on the leftmost edge of the building.
in the 1860's, the Oberon Building has a rich place in the business history of Eureka. It's been a hardware and tin smith store, speak easy, YMCA, antique store, pet shop and housewares store as well as a saloon.
Also includes a small bit on Madame Ruby, the purported proprietor of the upstairs brothel. (Submitted on October 13, 2012.) 

2. Ray Hillman: Shedding light on Old Town's Colorful Past. The Eureka Reporter's 2005 article on local historian Ray Hillman, who relates a number of interesting stories. Hillman relates the story of the 1910 fight between Jack London and Stanwood Murphy, the owner of the Pacific Lumber Company. The story is based upon a 1966 letter by Eureka resident W.J. "Hap" Waters, who is said to have witnessed the event. According to Waters, the argument started over politics, with the fighting lasting over an hour and both parties being taken to the hospital. Waters indicated that the incident never made the newspapers because of the prestige of both men and that it was a "hush-hush affair". (Submitted on October 13, 2012.) 
 
Additional keywords. bordello, prostitution
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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