The Ericson Collection
Searching for Prosperity
When Ericson emigrated at age 18 from Sweden, one of his first jobs had been in a logging operation in Michigan. From 1869-1876 he had lived in Trinidad while working in the Hooper Brothers lumbering enterprise, and then in a retail store. His logging and mill experience worked to his advantage when he photographed woods workers,timberlands and logging technology. A merchant himself, he also photographed businesses and industries for promotional purposes, and for fairs and expositions. His photographs were used widely to promote economic development of the region.


These images show once common scenes associated with the development of busines and industry in the region.

Search for remnants of these historic landscapes in Arcata Bay, on the back roads, or on main streets of the Northcoast.

A long row of ships awaiting loading on the Arcata Wharf, the docks stacked high with lumber. A sternwheeler ferry is visible on the right.
Horseless carriage parked on road near L.D. Graeter General Merchandise store in McKinleyville, now known in 2001 as A. & L. Feed on Central Avenue.
Eighteen oxen team hauling logs on a skid road bridge, before logging railroads were established.