" Sarah Carson was a woman of good heart and ready spirit in charitable undertakings..."


     Built on humble beginnings, The Sarah Carson House became an important part of the towns founding history. The first family to call The Victorian Eureka home, was William Carson, his wife Sarah and their four children. While living in the home, William built a hugely successful empire as a lumber baron with partner John Dolbeer. Their partnership, which spanned over eighty years, became what is know as The Dolbeer Carson Mill and their success was based on Dolbeer’s invention of the steam donkey engine. This machine would enable them to produce more board feet faster than anyone else around and they quickly became one of the most successful suppliers of useable lumber available on the market at the time.


     The house was originally on the bluff of 130 M Street overlooking

the bay and the mill. The Carson’s raised their four children in this

more modest home until the later 1880’s when they finished and

moved into the more fantastic “Carson Mansion”.
The home stayed in the Carson’s possession until 1915 when it

was given to an employee of the mill, John Gillis. He held onto the

property for over 5 decades as it reinvented itself as many things…

home, more than once a bed and breakfast, and yes…. even a brothel!

       In the early 2000s the house went under extensive improvements and

in 2013 Samantha Summers purchased the home with the intention of

finishing the improvements and turning it into an AirBnB. The Victorian

Eureka ran successfully until 2019.

    In 2019 Samantha decided to sell the gem to Mark Tari , who took ownership in December of that year. Together they agreed that the house was worth so much more recognition and so they started an endeavor that would embody what the original owners Sarah Carson and her husband stood for. The result of this is the Sarah Carson House.

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1521 3rd Street,
Eureka, CA 95501    

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