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

The Carson House

 
 
The Carson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 27, 2007
1. The Carson House Marker
Inscription. This home, also known as the “Pink Lady,” is a classic Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian residence designed by the prestigious architectural firm of Newsom Brothers of San Francisco. It was completed in 1889 for William Carson, a pioneer lumber baron of Northern California, who had it built as a wedding gift for his son Milton Carson.

The property left the Carson Family’s ownership in the 1940s, was used as a boarding house and subsequently fell into serious disrepair. Robert M. Madsen, a local real estate broker and former councilman and mayor of Eureka, purchased it in 1963. He rehabilitated it to its former glory, meriting the City of Eureka’s first Beautification Award for his efforts. His wife Josephine L. Madsen and the Madsen Family have maintained its historical elegance.

While the Carson House was being rehabilitated in 1963-64, a decision was made on its exterior color to contrast with the dark color of the Carson Mansion, now known as the Ingomar Club, the Carson House was painted bright pink and white.
The Carson House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 27, 2007
2. The Carson House and Marker
Before Long the renovated Victorian gained its special name, the “Pink Lady.”

Dedicated February 8, 2003 by the Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West
Robert M. Rogers, Grand President
 
Erected 2003 by Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 40° 48.321′ N, 124° 9.542′ W. Marker is in Eureka, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of M Street and 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north on M Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 M Street, Eureka CA 95501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Samuel W. McFarland Block (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hose Company Number 4 (about 600 feet away); The Josiah Gregg Expedition
The Carson House Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
3. The Carson House Monument
NSGW Grand K.9 Sutter with the Carson House monument.
(approx. ¼ mile away); N.S.G.W. Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buhne Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eureka City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arkley Center for the Performing Arts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oberon (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eureka.
 
Also see . . .
1. Newsom Brothers. (Submitted on July 1, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. Find A Grave - John "Milton" Carlson. (Submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. William Carson and his Mansion. William Carson was born July 15, 1825 in Canada and grew up around a lumberjack environment watching his father harvest timber that was later shipped to England. He first came west in 1850 during the booming gold rush era but then realized that there was a fortune to made in the lumber industry because
The Carson House image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 27, 2007
4. The Carson House
wood was in high demand for the rapid growing cities in California. William Carson had first heard of the discovery of gold in California in 1848 and then him and four friends left New Brunswick in late 1849 on a ship bound for California. He and his four friends arrived in San Francisco in April of 1850 after their long trip all the way around South America. Carson and his companions accidently followed the Eel River thinking it was the Trinity River and soon ended up on the coast of Northern California. They arrived at the right time because two men, Martin White and James Eddy were in the process of building a sash mill. Carson and his friends decided they would contract to cut trees for this new mill. After logging on the coast they returned to a gold claim on the Trinity River and then returned again to the coast to continue logging. After a while the five friends split up and went their separate ways except Carson who stayed and built up his logging business for which he made a fortune.... (Submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
The Carson Mansion / Ingomar Club image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 27, 2007
5. The Carson Mansion / Ingomar Club
The Carson Mansion is across the street from the Pink Lady and is now a private club called the Ingomar Club. I'd bet there is a history marker for it, but it's on inaccessible private land behind a locked gate.
 

4. The Ingomar Club Photos. (Submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
5. Biography of William Carson. It is difficult to say anything of William Carson without referring at once to the salient feature of his business career, his preeminence in the redwood lumber industry in Humboldt county.... (Submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
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The Carson Mansion / Ingomar Club image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 27, 2007
6. The Carson Mansion / Ingomar Club
Vintage Postcard - Old Town Eureka Looking Towards the Carson Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Robert Freeman, Von Norman Enterprises, Miranda, Ca. - 1976
7. Vintage Postcard - Old Town Eureka Looking Towards the Carson Mansion
Description on Postcard: Eureka's Old Town recreates a victorian flavor for which the city is famous. The Carson Mansion at the top of 2nd. Street commands a panormaic view of the Disney-like setting.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 3,848 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on February 24, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.   4. submitted on July 1, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   5, 6. submitted on July 2, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   7. submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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