Founded in 1858 as the town of Union, the city of Arcata is the cultural capital of Humboldt County. Historically known for its logging, fishing and dairy traditions, modern-day Arcata has evolved into a place where the artistic, the politically and environmentally active and those looking for a university education come to give full flower to their energies. The town boasts the municipally owned, sustainably managed Arcata Community Forest, the innovative and famed Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Humboldt State University, an annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, more than two dozen parks and a vivid political scene. The town square, known as the Plaza, has at its center a statue of President William McKinley, which oversees the vibrant weekly Farmers’ Market and numerous yearly fairs, including the Fourth of July Jubilee.
Author Bio: The Arcata Union newspaper was founded in 1886 and documented the town’s doings until 1995. It was succeeded by the Arcata Eye newspaper in 1996. The two newspapers share many of the same personnel and traditions, fearlessly reporting the most interesting city behind Humboldt County’s legendary “Redwood Curtain.”
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