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Cameron Park in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

James Skinner Winery & Distillery

 
 
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1. James Skinner Winery & Distillery Marker
Inscription.  Founded by Scottish gold miner James Skinner in 1861 in the community that became known as Skinners. Strategically placed on the Pony Express Trail, the J. Skinner Native Wine and Brandy Co. was one of the first commercial vineyards in the country, and by 1883, one of the largest, with a stone wine cellar capable of storing 15,000 gallons of wine. The multi-story distillery was located on the opposite side of Green Valley Road and was a very modern plant for the time, with a boiler room powered by a six-horse engine. The winery operated until the early years of the 20th century.
 
Erected 2013 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Placerville Parlor #9. (Marker Number GPY 137-01.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location. 38° 41.945′ N, 120° 59.729′ W. Marker is in Cameron Park, California, in El Dorado County. Marker
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can be reached from the intersection of Starbuck Road and Cameron Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3151 Green Valley Road, Shingle Springs CA 95682, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasant Grove House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Coloma Road (approx. 2˝ miles away); Old Coloma Road (approx. 2˝ miles away); Du Roc House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Camp Site of Boston-Newton Party (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sterlingshire (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mormon Tavern (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mormon Island, Negro Hill, Salmon Falls, and Condemned Bar (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
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June 8, 2013
2. James Skinner Winery & Distillery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2013, by Michael Doherty of Rescue, California. This page has been viewed 1,688 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2013, by Michael Doherty of Rescue, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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