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Bixel Brewery

The Alberding Building

 
 
Bixel Brewery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 4, 2014
1. Bixel Brewery Marker
Inscription. This building was built in 1856 by Charles Alberding and has a predominant history as a saloon. Over time different business owners created new names for the building including: Alberding Saloon, Pioneer Saloon, Oyster Saloon, Saint Charles Saloon, and Bixel Brewery. The current name honors the Bixel’s, a prominent 1850’s family and celebrates the family’s Columbia Brewery, a tradition in Columbia for over 47 years.
 
Location. 38° 2.155′ N, 120° 24.03′ W. Marker is in Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Jackson Street near Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11266 Jackson Street, Columbia CA 95310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burns Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bountiful Place to Live (within shouting distance of this marker); Claverie Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Water, Precious as Gold (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson/McConnell House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Cosmopolitan Society
Bixel Brewery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 4, 2014
2. Bixel Brewery and Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prosper Rocher Brewery (about 400 feet away); James Wood Coffroth (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .  Saint John Saloon. The building now primarily known as the Saint Charles Saloon is also known by several other names. The "Alberding building" is often used by historians. Most folks call it "the Charlie", others call it "the Bar" and still others simply call it "home." (Submitted on October 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Interior of the Bixel Brewery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 4, 2014
3. Interior of the Bixel Brewery
Plaque inside the Bixel Brewery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 4, 2014
4. Plaque inside the Bixel Brewery
Alberding Building

Charles H. Arberding put up a grocery and provisions store on this site in Sept. of 1851. Here, Peter Nicholas, too drunk to be clear about what he was doing, stabbed John Parrot. Able to avoid being lynched, Nicholas served 7 years in prison.
The present building, completed in summer of 1856 was destroyed by Fire of 1857. Rebuilt in its present form, appears to have been continuously used as a drinking establishment; first as the Aberdeen Saloon and Oyster Parlour; then as Mike Rehms St. Charles Saloon(.) In the early 20th century as the Pioneer Saloon and again now as the St. Charles Saloon.
Credo Quia Absurdum - Dedicated May 27, #1984
Matuca Chp. #1849 E. Clampus Vitus
Plaque inside the Bixel Brewery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 4, 2014
5. Plaque inside the Bixel Brewery
Alberding’s Store
1856

C.H, Alberding’s frame store stood here before the Fire of 1854. The present structure dating from 1856 suffered damage in the Fire of 1857 and was rebuilt. It has housed a fandango hall and an oyster parlor. Mike Rehm, said to have been “the best bartender in the diggin’s”, ran the St. Charles Saloon here for many years. In more recent years it has been known as the “Pioneer Saloon”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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