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Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Valente Building

 
 
Valente Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
1. Valente Building Marker
Inscription. Built about 1891 of local lava rock by James Valente, custom bootmaker & dealer in hats. His boots brought the then high cost of $10.00 & wore well for years. After his demise, his widow Kate, continued sales with aid of their son, Leo, who repaired boots. 3 sons and a daughter survived them. The family home, once next door, was one of the oldest houses in town.
 
Location. 38° 8.242′ N, 120° 27.548′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Big Trees Road, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 147 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dunbar House (within shouting distance of this marker); Buena Vista Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murphys Grammar School (about 600 feet away); Murphys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Murphy Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stangetti – Solari – Cademartori Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masonic Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albert A. Michelson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Murphys.
 
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Valente Building - Now Murphys Motorcycle Company image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
2. Valente Building - Now Murphys Motorcycle Company
on the upper left corner of the front of the building.
 
Regarding Valente Building. The Valente Building currently houses Murphys Motorcycle Company, vendor of motorcyle accessories and related apparel, including boots!
 
Also see . . .  Murphys Motorcycle Company. Webpage for the Murphys Motorcycle Company, noting their wares. (Submitted on February 13, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Valente Building - Murphys Motorcycle Company Sign image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
3. Valente Building - Murphys Motorcycle Company Sign
Attached to the east side of the building.
Murphys Motorcycle Company Storefront image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
4. Murphys Motorcycle Company Storefront
The astute observer will notice two things in this photo. One is the small green frogs on motorcycles - representations of frogs are frequently seen at storefronts in Calaveras County, inasmuch as Mark Twain's 1865 short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is one of the county's chief claims to fame. The other thing to notice is that the woman standing in front of the store is a mannequin.
Valente Building image. Click for full size.
July 5, 2010
5. Valente Building
An updated photo shows that the building currently is home to the Vino Noda Wine Tasting Room.
East Side of the Valente Building image. Click for full size.
July 5, 2010
6. East Side of the Valente Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 917 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   5, 6. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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