Lecture

Eureka Auto Camps

When: Sat., March 5, 1 p.m. 2016

By 1920, with the Great War over and Spanish Flu quarantines lifted, and Henry Ford mass-producing the Model T, the new American pastime of auto camping was well underway. Karen Campbell Hendricks shares the evolution of auto camping, with towns creating auto camps to attract tourism, followed by a proliferation of private enterprises springing up to accommodate these new travelers. In Eureka, says Hendricks, the Chamber of Commerce built an auto park at Clark and Broadway, which opened on May 2, 1921, and greeted its first autos, one from Burbank, California and two from Ranger, Texas on May 4. This elaborate auto park featured such amenities as booths for food, candy, and corsages, a large privacy hedge, and electric lights at night. Private auto parks competed for attention with fire pits, picnic tables, and playgrounds. Hendricks will tell about one auto camp in particular, the South Park Auto Camp at 1600 Broadway. This family run enterprise began in 1937, with many amenities and many loyal patrons over many years. Join Karen Campbell Hendricks for a fascinating trip to the bygone era of the wayside auto camp. For more information please contact the Humboldt County Historical Society at 445-4342, or visit http://www.humboldthistory.org/

Price: Free

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