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Grass Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building

Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 9, 2011
1. Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building Marker
Inscription.  Operated by pioneer druggist William Loutzenheiser (1824-1805) and son, John G. (1861-1929.) The pharmacy began here in a wooden building in 1851. The structure gave way to the present brick edifice in the fall of 1855.

William was a member of the 1861 city Board of Trustees, one of the original locators of the Idaho Quartz claim, and was active in several other mining ventures.

On July 4, 1867 the pharmacy was the site of a bloody duel between two Grass Valley merchants, Henry Sylvester and John Davis, in which the latter was killed.

In 1928 the business changed hands after 77 years of continuous operation by the Loutzenheiser family. Between 1928and 1966 the building had many tenants. In the fall of 1966 Marle Johnson, known as the Flower Lady, founded Foothill Flowers. The interior of the building was destroyed by fire in May 1984 and was subsequently remodeled.
Erected 1986 by Marle Johnson.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1984.
Location. 39° 13.154′ 
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N, 121° 3.731′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Auburn Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. The change from East/West Main and North/South Auburn Streets occurs at this intersection. The marker is on the northwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 West Main Street, Grass Valley CA 95945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Stamp Mill from the Red Ledge Mine (a few steps from this marker); Williams Stationery Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alpha Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grass Valley Hardware (about 300 feet away); Holbrooke Hotel (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Holbrooke Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Old Post Office (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grass Valley.
Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 9, 2011
2. Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building
The marker is mounted on the far right of the front of the building.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Jul. 20, 2024