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Lewiston in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lewis’ Town/Lewiston

 
 
Lewis’ Town/Lewiston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
1. Lewis’ Town/Lewiston Marker
Inscription. Forty-niner Thomas Palmer, bought Cephus Wood’s property, known as “Old Tucker’s Place,” in 1850. In 1851, he built a ferry, a bridge, and numerous buildings. Palmer hired his adopted son, Benjamin Franklin Lewis to run his enterprises, known to many as Lewis’ Bridge Estates, called Lewiston. Palmer died in 1853, leaving the entire 320 acres on the river including improvements, to B.F. Lewis. Lewis lost a lawsuit in February, 1855, to Palmer’s former associates and was forced to sell out. In 1856, Lewis married an English woman named Mary, in Sacramento, CA. They had three children; Elvira, Frank P. and Renania. The Lewis’ lived in many locations. Mary died in 1878, in Lakeview, Ore. The man who gave Lewiston its name was known to all as a solid citizen of upstanding character. B.F. Lewis died of natural causes Sept. 28, 1900, in The Dalles, Oregon.
 
Erected 2007 by Friends of the Old Lewiston Schoolhouse Library and Museum and E Clampus Virtus, Trinitarianus Chapter #62.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 40° 42.463′ N, 122° 48.419′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, California, in Trinity County. Marker is at the intersection of Lewiston
Lewis’ Town/Lewiston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
2. Lewis’ Town/Lewiston Marker
Turnpike Road and Deadwood Road on Lewiston Turnpike Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston CA 96052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Killing of Edward José (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewiston Pioneer Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congregational Church of Lewiston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewiston Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Wilson Ranch Granary (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jumper Sawmill (approx. 5.6 miles away); Steel Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lowden’s Wagon Road (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewiston.
 
Also see . . .  A Bit of Lewiston History - Old Lewiston School House. Lewistown (as Lewiston was originally called), was started about 1850 by a Mr. Lewis with his Trading Post, and the town grew around his place of business and was named for him. In those days, and until about 1858, it was spelled Lewistown. (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Map of Historic Lewiston image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
3. Map of Historic Lewiston
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Matlock's Store, Built Circa, 1860 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
4. Matlock's Store, Built Circa, 1860
George Washington Commemorative Walnut Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
5. George Washington Commemorative Walnut Tree
Born 1735 – Died 1799
This plot donated by Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Phillips for one gold dollar in hand paid to Trinity River Grange No. 458. This tree commemorates the 200[th] birthday of the 1st President of the U.S.A.
Planted Feb. 22, 1932.
Lewiston Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
6. Lewiston Hotel
Old Lewiston School House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
7. Old Lewiston School House
Today the school house serves as the town's library and museum.
The Old Lewiston Bridge Over the Trinity River. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2012
8. The Old Lewiston Bridge Over the Trinity River.
Built in 1900 and still in service.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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