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Near Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tuttletown

 

—Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail —

 
Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail, <i>Tuttletown</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
1. Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail, Tuttletown Marker
Inscription. Early day stopping place for men and mounts. Named for Judge Anson A. H. Tuttle who built first log cabin here in 1848. Stones used in this base from old Swerer Store built in 1854, remains of which still exist, 1949. Mark Twain traded here. Tuttletown Hotel, built in 1852 and still standing in 1949, was last operated by John Edwards.
 
Erected 1949 by California Centennial Commission with base provided by Sonora Lodge of Elks No. 1857. (Marker Number 124.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 59.45′ N, 120° 27.71′ W. Marker is near Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 49 and Wilcox Ranch Rd., on the right when traveling north on State Highway 49. Click for map. Marker is approximately 7 miles north of Sonora. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia CA 95310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mark Twain Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Mark Twain Cabin (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Mark Twain Cabin
Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail, <i>Tuttletown</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
2. Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail, Tuttletown Marker
Sonora to the right; Angels Camp to the left.
(approx. one mile away); Mormon Battalion Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Story Under the Lake (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Humbug Mine (approx. 2.1 miles away); Robinson's Ferry (approx. 2.7 miles away); Archie D. Stevenot (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Regarding Tuttletown. Judging from historical photographs, the Tuttletown Hotel was a fairly impressive looking building for its day. Regrettably, based on discussion with current Tuttletown citizens, the Hotel burned down around the time this marker was erected. The site of the former hotel, about the only land flat enough to build on, is now occupied by the Red Barn, a combination bar and mini-grocery store.
 
Also see . . .  The old hotel, now closed... An old (ca. 1929) photograph of the hotel, hosted by The Online Archive of California (OAC). (Submitted on April 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Tuttletown Hotel image. Click for more information.
By Alma Lavenson, circa 1947
3. Tuttletown Hotel
From The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Click for more information.
Swerer Store (Courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey, LOC) image. Click for full size.
By Roger Sturtevant, April 15, 1934
4. Swerer Store (Courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey, LOC)
Constructed in the 1850's, Mark Twain is said to have once traded at this store. It is no longer extant, however at least part of it lives on as the base for this California State Historical Landmark plaque.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California.   3. submitted on , by Matt Gholson of Houston, Texas.   4. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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