“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)

Monroe Brewery

602 N Main St

— Historic Main Street —

Monroe Brewery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, January 1, 2021
1. Monroe Brewery Marker
Inscription.  John Gundlach built this building in 1856. He and several relatives were partners in the business until the Reconstruction era. In 1883 the brewery was operated by Klausmann Brewery Co. of South St. Louis. Its annual capacity was 6,000 barrels of beer. Underneath the building were beer caves capable of storing 3,500 barrels. There was also a malt house and mineral water establishment connected with the business. In 1941, the Columbia American Distillers began a distillery operation in the building. During WWII they produced wood alcohol, later resuming production of whiskey named "Old Monroe" & "Columbia Whiskey." Operation ceased some time in the 1960s.
Erected by Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail; Columbia, Illinois.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 38° 26.875′ N, 90° 12.272′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on North Main Street just south of Burns Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 N Main St, Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gundlach-Grosse House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gundlach-Wagner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Koch House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weinel Hardware & Lumber (approx. ¼ mile away); American Legion Memorial Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Tunze Saloon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weilbacher General Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rose's Drug Store (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Monroe Brewery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, November 1, 2021
2. Monroe Brewery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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