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Eureka boasts scenery, historic buildingsIn some ways, time has stood still in California's port city of Eureka, an outpost of Victorian architecture and magnificent scenery that is well worth including in any visit to the state's northern coastline. In fact, surrounding Humboldt County will give you a history lesson as well -- and treat you to some of the most fascinating natural attractions anywhere in the West.
Still a small city with just 40,000 residents in the immediate area, Eureka's downtown is a collection of historic Victorian buildings, many of which have been restored to reflect their mid-19th Century splendor when local residents built ornate homes with money earned through logging, farming and fishing. While there were periods when the town seemed to lose its vitality, in recent decades the city has been spruced up to show off both its waterfront and its heritage.
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