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Felton in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Cremer House

 
 
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By Jim Cirner
1. The Cremer House Marker
Inscription. The Cremer Hotel was completed in 1876 to house, feed & entertain the laborers who massed to the San Lorenzo Valley when Redwood logging began in the late 19th century. Gambling, loose women and liquor flowed freely within its redwood-framed walls, occasionally erupting into news worthy brawls between patrons or the violent murder of a staff member. The series of devastating fires that burned much of Felton miraculously spared the Cremer Hotel, earning it the title of the oldest surviving structure in downtown Felton.

Through the years, the building has been used as a Hollywood film set, an industrial apiary, a hobby shop, a drug store, a beauty salon, and supposedly a hooch house. Today the building houses the Cremer House Restaurant and upholds the tradition of feeding and entertaining Felton locals.
 
Erected 2016 by El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte E Clampus Vitus Chapter 1797.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 3.139′ N, 122° 4.383′ W. Marker is in Felton, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on State Highway 9 south of Felton Empire Road/Graham Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
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January 12, 2015
2. The Cremer House
Marker is at or near this postal address: 6254 Hwy 9, Felton CA 95018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Felton Covered Bridge (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Lime Kilns (approx. 1.3 miles away); Scott House (approx. 3 miles away); Salz Tannery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church Building (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cowell Lime Works (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lady of the Night (approx. 5.3 miles away); Arthur A. Taylor (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Felton.
 
Also see . . .  The Cremer House: Scandalous Stories From Feltonís Oldest Building. The Creamer Hotel in Felton, California (now known as the Cremer House) is rumored to have harbored both prostitutes and contraband liquor within its sturdy walls. As the oldest building in this small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains, its history is filled with colorful characters, including a savvy business-woman, disgruntled barber, lovesick waitress, and old western film stars. The story of the Creamer Hotel begins with a husband and wife—Thomas Cremer from Germany and Margaret Toohig from Ireland—and a man named John Henry Brown. (Submitted on January 17, 2017.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 194 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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