“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbia in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Schmidt Beer Cave

800 Block S. Main St.

Schmidt Beer Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, April 9, 2021
1. Schmidt Beer Cave Marker
Inscription.  The beer cave was used to store beer that was brewed at Schmidt Brewery (521 S. Main Street) in the early 1800s. The barrels of beer were later delivered to local saloons. The brewery closed in the 1860s, but the cave was used in later year store ice that was cut in the winter for use the following summer. Only one room remains, with an air shaft at the backside to the ground above. Originally there was a second room across the back with a running spring to maintain the cave's cool temperature, but it has since collapsed. In the 1930s hobos who had ridden train on a nearby track would use the cave for shelter. The cave remains at 52 degrees during the summer months.
Erected by Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail; the City of Columbia, Illinois.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural FeaturesNatural ResourcesRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 38° 26.297′ N, 90° 11.52′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on South
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Main Street, 0.1 miles south of Ludman Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 818 S Rapp Ave, Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rohm House (about 800 feet away); Eichmuller-Rau Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); German Style Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schmidt House & Brewery (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Shoemaker School (approx. ¼ mile away); Whiteside Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Pfeffer Mercantile Store (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Schmidt Beer Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, April 8, 2021
2. Schmidt Beer Cave Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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