“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

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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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 4.062′ N, 119° 0.829′ W. Marker is in Porterville, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on East
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2. Nettie Smith's Place Marker
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. 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
Categories. Industry & CommerceWomen

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2019. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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