Eureka, California, USA
Sister City Link established in 2004
The Sister City agreement between Eureka and Nelson was signed by Mayors Peter La Valles and Paul Matheson on 26 March, 2004, following a four-year 'courtship'. The similarities between Eureka and Nelson are striking, from topography and demographics to economy and industry.
The group representing Nelson honored Eureka with one of only ten custom rings from the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy made by Nelson ring maker Jens Hansen. Guests were excited at the ring presentation and replied with a long round of applause.
Two-hundred eighty miles north of San Francisco, the City of Eureka is bordered on one side by beautiful and functional Humboldt Bay, and on the other by mountains lush with redwoods, which offer a reminder of the area's rich logging heritage.
The community's roots since the 1850s were in the timber and commercial fishing industries. Eureka is continuing to successfully transition to a broader economic base, and today enjoys its position as the governmental, commercial, industrial and transportation centre of the region.
The city's 26,128 residents reside within the 17 square miles of the City limits, which also serves as the County seat for Humboldt County. Eureka functions more like a city twice its size due to its regional centre status and the fact that its service area population is about 50,000.
Sister City Exchanges
In February 2005 a California delegation of 14 visited Nelson for a five day whirlwind tour of engagements and sightseeing. Eureka Mayor Peter La Vallee lead the delegation, most of whom were homestayed during their visit. The occasion further stimulated the tremendous potential that exists between the two centres to foster links in education, culture, trade and tourism. Eureka’s Mayor toured Commerce Nelson, the Nelson Saturday Market and the Abel Tasman National Park.
In Spring 2005 Mayor La Vallee made the trip from California to Nelson for the Trafalgar 200 commemorations.