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Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

A Home for Immigrants

Making Their Mark in Columbia

 
 
A Home for Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 28, 2013
1. A Home for Immigrants Marker
Inscription.  After the 1857 Fire, many generations of immigrants made this modest structure their family home. The new tenants applied their special touches, redecorating or expanding it to suit their needs. At times, they saved money by using salvaged materials from other Columbia buildings in their remodeling.

The Biddle, Bacom, Morgan, Hale, Vassallo, Sarton and Martinez families’ stories and personal experiences in this home helped to define the history of the town. The stories and dreams of these families still exist in the architecture, wallpaper and additions to the house. Today, the house remains one of the oldest structures standing in Columbia.
 
Erected 2006 by California State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 38° 2.066′ N, 120° 24.008′ W. Marker is in Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Fulton Street near Columbia Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is
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at or near this postal address: 11250 Fulton Street, Columbia CA 95310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scraping the Rocks Clean (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson/McConnell House (about 300 feet away); Site of Donnell & Parsons Building (about 400 feet away); A Bountiful Place to Live (about 400 feet away); Water, Precious as Gold (about 500 feet away); Eagle Cotage (about 500 feet away); Columbia Masonic Temple (about 500 feet away); The Burns Cottage (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .  Martinexz House. The $5000.00 interpretive plan for the Martinez House has been written and funding requested. T-shirt sales and small donations have been the mainstay of the project. The plan includes many rooms that will tell the story of the house's growth from 1850's shotgun design to the 1920's kitchen. The project needs $30,000 to finish. It will be a wonderful display of the lifestyles over the 60 years after it's remodeling. (Submitted on April 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
A Home for Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 28, 2013
2. A Home for Immigrants Marker
Immigrants' House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 28, 2013
3. Immigrants' House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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