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Carson Mansion, Eureka
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The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne Style architecture, the house is "considered the most grand Victorian home in America." It is one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps, in the United States. Originally the home of William Carson, one of Northern California's first major lumber barons, since 1950 it has been a private club, The house and grounds are not open to the public.William CarsonWilliam Carson, for whom the house was built, arrived in San Francisco from New Brunswick, Canada with a group of other woodsmen in 1849. After rolling out gold slugs in San Francisco, they joined in the northern gold rush, arriving in the Trinity Mountains via the Eel River and Humboldt Bay. They left the Trinity Mountains to over winter at Humboldt Bay and contracted to provide logs for a small sawmill. In November 1850 Carson and Jerry Whitmore felled a tree, the first for commercial purposes on Humboldt Bay. All winter, Carson and his team hauled logs from the Freshwater slough to the Pioneer Mill on the shores of Humboldt Bay. In spring, the party went back to the mines where they had previously staked claim on Big Bar by the Trinity. They built a dam and continued mining until they heard that a large sawmill was being built at Humboldt Bay. They went south through the Sacramento Valley, bought oxen, and returned to Humboldt Bay by August of 1852, where Carson, alone, went into the lumber business permanently. In 1854, he shipped the first loads of redwood timber to San Francisco. Previously, only fir and spruce had been logged.
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  • Fancy Victorian villa from the end of the century, timber magnate XlX w. Carson, from which the name comes also the Carson City is the capital of Nevada. This villa is reportedly jadna with the most photographed of Victorian buildings in the U.S., and certainly in California. In 1950, bought by local businessmen on the Club. Dark, even grim appearance, appears rather as something from the land of Lord Voldemort and Harry Potera, located right by the yacht port.
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  • This is indeed a lovely building and well worth a stop for a great picture. There are a lot of other small,well renovated houses nearby also. 
  • Both are private and only provide a photo op. They are both beautiful examples of Victorian extravagance, well maintained ....by someone else. There are many examples of this style mansion here and el...  more »
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  • As an attraction this place is not much more than a street view of an interesting house. It is a private building without any public access onto the grounds. You can look at it from a distance but a detailed picture will give you most of the same experience. It is free and interesting, so swing by if you are in Eureka but do not go too far out of your way to visit.
  • Saw it from outside. Good place to stop for a few mins. Pretty mansion.
  • Beautiful Mansion. Bad we can't go in...
  • Can really only look from the outside. It's a beautiful building, but it's been turned into a club for local wealthy business people so most won't see the inside.
  • Inspired Disney's Scrooge McDuck Mansion in the old cartoon Ducktails.