“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Downieville in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Major William Downie Cabin Site

Major William Downie Cabin Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
1. Major William Downie Cabin Site Marker
Inscription. Downie, a native of Scotland arrived in San Francisco on July 5, 1849. He moved up the Yuba to The Forks, arriving in November of 1849. On this site, he built the first structure in Downiville and took residence on December 10, 1849. It has been rumored that Downie had offered a cup full of gold if they would name The Forks (as it was known then) Downieville. It is not certain if the price was actually paid. Downie was one of the most famous of all the gold seekers and is considered the founder of Downieville.
Erected 1993 by Major William Downie Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 33.788′ N, 120° 49.535′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Also known as Old Main Street) and East River Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street (Also known as Old Main Street). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 Main Street, Downieville CA 95936, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downieville Brewery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Downieville Foundry
Major William Downie Cabin Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 14, 2012
2. Major William Downie Cabin Site Marker
(about 700 feet away); First Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arrastra (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downieville Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downieville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackerman & Company Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Charles Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Downieville.
Also see . . .  Major William Downie. A biography which includes historic photos, including a photo of the Downie cabin. (Submitted on November 5, 2012.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 254 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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