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

Robert Bell's Store

 
 
Robert Bell's Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. Robert Bell's Store Marker
Inscription. Most of Coloma's buildings were wooden, but some were were made of brick or stone to resist fire. This one, known as "Bells Brick Store," was a general merchandise store that also sold feed and grain. The U.S. Post Office was located in this building for many years.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 47.974′ N, 120° 53.375′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on State Highway 49, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker and site are located within the bounderies of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coloma (here, next to this marker); County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (a few steps from this marker); Kane House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sierra Nevada House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma’s Largest Brick Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma Breweries (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
Regarding Robert Bell's Store.
Robert Bell's Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Robert Bell's Store Marker
See Also: All nearby Coloma markers for more information.
 
Also see . . .  A 1946 Photo of the Robert Bell's Store. (Submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Robert Bell's Store image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
3. Robert Bell's Store
Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca
4. Main Street
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park
Coloma, Ca.
Bell's Store - Coloma, California image. Click for full size.
Merle Porter - Published by Royal Pictures - Colton,Ca
5. Bell's Store - Coloma, California
It was on Jan. 24, 1848, at a spot by the American River that the Indians called Culloomah, that James W. Marshall happen to notice flakes of gold, while turning off the water to Sutters Sawmill. This started the gold rush of 1849. By the act of Legislature of April 25th, 1951, Coloma was declared the county seat of El Dorado County only to have Hangtown, later Placerville, to take over the honor in 1857. In 1856 Coloma was swept by fire which destroyed most of the wooden buildings. One of the first buildings rebuilt after the fire was the brick store owned by Robert Bell. Banners, Signs and Merchandise were displayed under the shake-covered porch that covered the fancy brick sidewalk...M.P.
Rear View of Robert Bell's Store image. Click for full size.
By Neil Roby, April 10, 2007
6. Rear View of Robert Bell's Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,783 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on April 3, 2009, by Neil Roby of Placerville, California.
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