Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States
California Eureka

Eureka, California

Eureka was incorporated in 1856.

The first water works were built by Caspar S. Hicks in 1879.  After Rick's death his estate sold the system to Ricks Water Company in 1889.

The system was sold to Eastern capitalists in 1902 and reincorporated as the Eureka Water Company.

The city bought the system in 1914 for $270,00.

Water is provided by the City of Eureka.

1888 "Eureka," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 History and Business Directory of Humboldt County
Page 183:  Ricks Water Company

1890 "Eureka," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Eureka," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1895 People ex rel. Ricks Water Co. v. Elk River Mill & Lumber Co., 107 Cal. 221, May 2, 1895, Supreme Court of California

1897 "Eureka," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1902 "Eureka Water Works Sold to Easterners," San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 1902, Page 4.
A Syndicate Absorbs the Ricks Company and will make extensive improvement.

1902 "Eureka Water Plant Sold," The Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1902, Page 2.
Reincorporated under the name of the Eureka Water Company.

1914 Ferndale Enterprise, September 8, 1914, Page 8.
The city of Eureka has taken over the Eureka Water Company's holdings, for the purchase of which bonds in the sum of $270,000 were voted recently. Oscar Lord, superintendent of the old company, will be employed by the city as manager.

2021 Morris A. Pierce