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Near Penn Valley in Yuba County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Timbuctoo

5 Mile Marker

 
 
Timbuctoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 15, 2006
1. Timbuctoo Marker
Inscription. 1855. Largest town in eastern Yuba County, and at height of its prosperity contained a church, theater, stores, hotels, and saloons. Old Wells Fargo Office and Stewart Bros.; Store restored, 1928, and dedicated to pioneer men and women of Timbuctoo.
 
Erected by Department of Public Works – Division of Highways. (Marker Number 320.)
 
Location. 39° 13.016′ N, 121° 19.05′ W. Marker is near Penn Valley, California, in Yuba County. Marker is on State Highway 20, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Penn Valley CA 95946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Yuba River Bridge at Parks Bar (approx. 0.9 miles away); Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 1.3 miles away); Edward James McGanney (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mooney Flat Hotel (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hammon Grove (approx. 4.5 miles away); Browns Valley: 1850 – 1860 (approx. 5.2 miles away); Brown's Valley: Beginnings (approx. 5.2 miles away); Donnebrouge Mine (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Ghost Towns: Timbuctoo. (Submitted on December 5, 2008.)
 
Additional comments.
Smartsville Main Street 1871 image. Click for full size.
circa 1871
2. Smartsville Main Street 1871

1. The other marker
Until at least 1947, there was a 1 1/2 mile marker to the east of Timbuctoo on Highway 20. That marker was identical to the 5 mile marker shown. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted December 8, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.

2. Marker inscription
Although the historic marker reads "store restored, 1928..." the commemorative plaque placed on the Wells Fargo and Stewart Bros. store building by the Native Daughters of the Golden West (Parlor 162) was dated May 10, 1925. (The plaque is visible on the right side of the building's facade in Photo #5.) So, a three-year discrepancy exists between the NDGW restoration date and the California Department of Public Works date. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted December 8, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.

3. Landmark Status
Timbuctoo became a California State Registered Historical Landmark (No. 320) on July 12, 1939.
    — Submitted December
Timbuctoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 15, 2006
3. Timbuctoo Marker
24, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.

4. Commemorative Plaque
The Commemorative Plaque referenced in Comment #2 reads in full:

"Old Wells Fargo Office & Stewart Bros. Store (1855) Restored and dedicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women of Timbuctoo. May 10, 1925, by Marysville Parlor No. 6, N.S.G.W. Marysville Parlor No. 162, N.D.G.W. Presented by Wells Fargo Bank & Union Trust Co., San Francisco."
Note: The lettering on the plaque is all uppercase.
    — Submitted January 6, 2009, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.

 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Timbuctoo - 1867 image. Click for full size.
Wells Fargo Bank Historical Museum
4. Timbuctoo - 1867
Photocopy of 1867 lithograph (from Wells Fargo Bank Historical Museum, San Francisco, California, 1867) Photographer - George Barrington, Lithograph dated 1862. August 1940 GENERAL VIEW OF MAIN STREET AND ENVIRONS.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,58-TIMTO,1-
Street View of Timbuctoo image. Click for full size.
V. Covert Martin Collection, LOC, circa 1850's
5. Street View of Timbuctoo
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)- HABS CAL,58-TIMTO,1-
Vintage Postcard - Old Wells Fargo Station at Timbuctoo, Calif. image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio
6. Vintage Postcard - Old Wells Fargo Station at Timbuctoo, Calif.
Source: USGenWeb
Wells Fargo building at Timbuctoo, February 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Lane Parker, February 11, 2007
7. Wells Fargo building at Timbuctoo, February 2007
 
 
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