Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Like many ‘49ers, Samuel and Elias Weller soon quit mining and turned to less exhausting work. The Weller brothers operated two stores in town; one was primarily a tin shop. The brick buildings were called Coloma’s first fireproof structures. Their first store was known as “The Old Stand” with the “Sign of the large Coffee Pot.” Both of the Weller’s Stores supplied the town with hardware, firearms, and cooking utensils. By 1855 the Wellers had added stoves, furniture, crockery, china and glassware. All items were advertised to be sold at small profits, and home deliveries were made at no charge.
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 38° 48.035′ N, 120° 53.47′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Highway 49 (Main Street), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located within the boundaries of the Marshall Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coloma Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Weller House (a few steps from this marker); Coloma Greys (a few steps from this marker); Bekeart’s Gun Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Metropolitan Saloon and Bowling Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Coloma’s Law Offices (within shouting distance of this marker); Beer Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Wintermantel’s Miner’s Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Also see . . .
1. Coloma Town Tour. Historic Highway 49 website entry:
An easy half mile walk along Main Street. This is the area occupied by the historic town of Coloma. There are signs at each site and structure giving a brief description and history. (Submitted on March 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. The Discovery of Gold in California. California Department of Conservation website entry (Submitted on August 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.