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Nevada City in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Kidd & Knox Building

1856

 
 
Kidd & Knox Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
1. Kidd & Knox Building Marker
Inscription. Major commercial building since Gold Rush. Early offices of Judges, lawyers, statesmen including U.S. Senators A.A. Sargent, Wm. Morris Stewart, Calif. Supreme Court Chief Justices Niles Searls, Lorenzo Sawyer were here. Site of dramatic hall where Edwin Booth, Lola Montez, Kate Hayes performed.
 
Erected 1980 by Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart Chapter 10, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.761′ N, 121° 1.117′ W. Marker is in Nevada City, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pine Street and Broad Street, on the right when traveling west on North Pine Street. Click for map. Marker is mounted at the far right corner of the building facing North Pine Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 Broad Street, Nevada City CA 95959, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nevada County Traction Company (a few steps from this marker); The Flagg Building (a few steps from this marker); Masonry in the Gold County (within shouting distance of this marker); North Pine & Commercial
Kidd & Knox Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
2. Kidd & Knox Building
The marker, which is obscured by shade in this view, is mounted on the corner of the building.
(within shouting distance of this marker); National Exchange Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); 400 Broad Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powell Home (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Nevada City.
 
Regarding Kidd & Knox Building. The Kidd-Knox Building, is a two-story iron-shuttered brick structure built in 1856 on the site where Hamlet Davis opened the first store on Broad Street in 1850. Davis took in a partner and replaced his tent store with a two-story frame building that August of 1850. The first floor housed the store, while upstairs the patrons could rent newspapers and periodicals. Reading material was always in short supply and a newspaper or magazine, regardless of age, was almost worth its weight in gold to the miners. Destroyed by the fire of 1856, along with the Nevada Cityís first brick structure located next door. The present building was erected shortly after. The wrap-around wrought iron balcony added a look of distinction to this building which has been one of the townís major commercial buildings.
Kidd & Knox Building image. Click for full size.
By Roger Sturtevant, April 7, 1934
3. Kidd & Knox Building
Historic American Building Survey, Library of Congress
HABS CAL,29-NEVCI,2-
It has also housed the offices of many lawyers and judges and was the site for performances by famous entertainers of the time.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Sketch of of Nevada City and Township. A transcribed chapter of Beanís History & Directory of Nevada County, California written in 1867 tells interesting facts of the time and gives a description of the Kidd & Knox Building and its uses during the 1860ís. (Submitted on February 14, 2011.) 

2. Entertaining Miners Became A Rare Golden Opportunity. In an article written by Don Baumgart for the California Gold Rush Stories series for Nevada County Gold he writes of the popularity of intertainment in the gold fields. (Submitted on February 14, 2011.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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