Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café
Business proved so lucrative that Nickerson soon replaced the hall with a two story wooden building in 1852. The prosperous proprietor enlarged the structure which offered 75 sleeping rooms and included two parlors and a ten pin alley. He then gave his establishment the more dignified name of the Union Hotel. Flames razed the hotel in 1856.
Years later the Forum Café occupied this spot until fire forced it’s (sic) closure in 1938. That year one of Placerville’s most famous landmarks, The Blue Bell Coffee Shop, opened it’s (sic) doors at the same location. For many years the restaurant served “Hangtown Fry” which consisted of a mixture of bacon, oysters, and eggs. Originally the Blue Bell housed a candy store, soda fountain, and a cocktail
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Erected by Heritage Association of El Dorado County.
Location. 38° 43.699′ N, 120° 48.124′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 326 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangmans Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph Jewelers (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Unfortunates Hanged (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of Old Town Center (about 400 feet away); Snowshoe Thompson (about 400 feet away); Placerville Pony Express (about 400 feet away); Davis and Roy News Depot / Shelley Inch Building / Placerville News Company (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
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