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Columbia in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Schmidt House & Brewery

521 S Main St

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By Thomas Smith, April 22, 2021
1. Schmidt House & Brewery Marker
Inscription.  This two story brick home was built in 1818 by Philip and Peter Schmidt. The building functioned partly as a brewery (Schmidt Brewery) with offices and a sales department. The second floor provided living quarters for the families. An arched, stone cellar under the building, which still remains today, was used to store the barrels of beer for aging. Water for brewing came from a deep well, located in the backyard which was fed by an underground spring. When the beer had fermented, it was placed in barrels, sugar added, and then rolled down the road to the beer cave at the bottom of the hill. The brewery closed in the early 1860's.
Erected by Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail; Columbia, Illinois.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 38° 26.449′ N, 90° 11.672′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on South Main Street just south of West Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 S Main St, Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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By Thomas Smith, April 22, 2021
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. German Style Cottage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pfeffer Mercantile Store (about 300 feet away); Eichmuller-Rau Building (about 400 feet away); Immaculate Conception Church (about 500 feet away); Rohm House (about 500 feet away); Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (about 700 feet away); Schmidt Beer Cave (approx. ¼ mile away); Miller-Fiege Home (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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