“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grass Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Holbrooke Hotel

The Holbrooke Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2008
1. The Holbrooke Hotel Marker
Inscription.  The present bar of the hotel has been in continuous operation since 1852, when it was known as the Golden Gate Saloon. The wooden building had a back extension known as the Exchange Hotel and offered food and lodging by January 1853. The saloon was destroyed in the fire of 1855 and was rebuilt out of fieldstone with a brick front. The Holbrooke, built 1862 had the adjacent Golden Gate Saloon incorporated in the hotel building.

California Registered Landmark No. 914.
Erected 1978 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Nevada County Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 914.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1853.
Location. 39° 13.152′ N, 121° 3.811′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Chruch Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map.
The Holbrooke Hotel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2008
2. The Holbrooke Hotel
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 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. A different marker also named Holbrooke Hotel (here, next to this marker); The Alpha Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grass Valley Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams Stationery Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building (about 400 feet away); Three Stamp Mill from the Red Ledge Mine (about 400 feet away); Edward Coleman House (about 500 feet away); Washington Brewery (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grass Valley.
More about this marker. Marker is located on the building wall, about 10 feet to the right of the front entrance.
Regarding The Holbrooke Hotel. According to the hotel itself, "Over the years, the Hotel has hosted many famous guests that have included Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield and prize fighters, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. Famous authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte were also guests of the Holbrooke Hotel. The hotel was frequented by entertainers Lola Montez, Lotta Crabtree, and Emma Nevada. Rumor has it that the infamous highwayman, Black Bart was also a guest of the hotel."
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,798 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 26, 2022