Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Confidence Engine Company
Atop the building, Confidence Engine Company raised a wooden copula that it used to drain its leather fire hoses. A large wooden building adjoined in the rear and served as the site for some of the county’s earliest fairs. The hall also hosted the company’s annual New Year’s Ball, as well as concerts, plays and other civic events until fire consumed it in 1910. Many times in the history of the Confidence Engine Company, the second floor of the brick building also served as a dance Hall. From
Erected by Heritage Association of El Dorado County.
Location. 38° 43.78′ N, 120° 47.989′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Main Street west of Bedford Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is displayed in the window of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 487 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confidence Hall (here, next to this marker); Emigrant Jane (a few steps from this marker); Douglass – Hines Building Bricks (a few steps from this marker); In Respectful Memory of Joseph M. Staples (a few steps from this marker); Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building (within shouting distance of this marker); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); James D. Rinehart (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Maul (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
Regarding Confidence Engine Company. Many resources state that the Placerville City Hall is housed in this building, however they have since moved to a new site.
Also see . . . History of the El Dorado County Fair. With no permanent facilities to call its own until 1939, the County Fair annually used whatever facilities it could glean to hold the event. In those early days, the entire town where the Fair was held became the Fairgrounds. When in Placerville, some venues included the Confidence Hall, Sigwart’s Opera House, the Central House Hotel and Ballroom, and the Stockyards. (Submitted on September 10, 2010.)
Additional keywords. Fire Companies
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,141 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.