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

Nettie Smith's Place

Nettie Smith's Place Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Nettie Smith's Place Marker
Inscription.  At this location from 1895 until the late 1920's Mrs. Nettie Smith had a dance hall, bar and restaurant with several small rental cabins reputed to have been a brothel. Mrs. Smith was for years accepted as a business woman in this town, she was from a much respected ranching family of Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. She was a good friend and benefactor of the Mexican quarter of this city. Mrs. Smith came to Bakersfield in 1875, and to Tulare in 1888 where she married Joseph Smith then to Porterville in the 1890's. Her brother Frank de la Mora, had a horse raising and training business in the area. There was an extensive and respectful article on the front page of the Porterville Recorder at the time of her passing in September of 1944 at age 54.
Erected 2019 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1944.
Location. 36° 4.062′ N, 119° 
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
0.829′ W. Marker is in Porterville, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on East Oak Avenue west of North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 East Oak Avenue, Porterville CA 93257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Samuel Gregg George (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elisha Packwood (about 700 feet away); Porterville's Badman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Time Marches On (approx. ¼ mile away); Gabriel Moraga (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tule River Stage Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Tule River Stage Station (approx. one mile away); Vandalia (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Porterville.
Additional keywords. sex work, prostitution
Nettie Smith's Place Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Nettie Smith's Place Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2019. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
Paid Advertisements

May. 28, 2023