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

Douglass – Hines Building Bricks

 
 
Douglass – Hines Building Bricks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2008
1. Douglass – Hines Building Bricks Marker
Inscription. The antique bricks that were used on the façade of this building were originally used to build the “Dougalss – Hines” Building.

The “Douglass – Hines” Building stood where the Fountain Plaza now stands at 312 Main Street.

After the disastrous fire in July of 1856, the merchants on Main Street decided to rebuild with fireproof materials. Many of the Main Street buildings were constructed of brick and stone with a layer of sand between the ceiling and roof and iron door shutters.

Joseph Douglass and H.L. Hines, both prominent business men of the day, completed their building in November of 1856. It was forty feet on Main Street and fifty feet deep, having a common brick wall in the center,

From 1856 until 1882 the building was in constant use and housed many successful businesses.

Torn down in 1982 to make way for the fountain plaza, the bricks from the building were saved and in 1998 were generously donated to the City of Placerville, by Doug, Peggy, Mike and Susanne Milton.

The iron door on the building is an excellent example of the iron doors used during the Gold Rush period.
 
Erected by The Heritage Association of El Dorado County, Plaque donated by Edward and Evelyn Ball.
 
Location.
Bricks on the Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2008
2. Bricks on the Building
The marker is to the right of the Iron Door mentioned on marker.
Sketch of Placerville is to the left of the Iron Door.
(The large brick building at the back of photo is the old Placerville City Hall)
38° 43.779′ N, 120° 47.999′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the side of the building which faces the driveway into the City Hall Parking Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Respectful Memory of Joseph M. Staples (here, next to this marker); Confidence Engine Company (a few steps from this marker); Confidence Hall (a few steps from this marker); Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building (a few steps from this marker); Emigrant Jane (within shouting distance of this marker); James D. Rinehart (within shouting distance of this marker); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Maul (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Placerville Sketch image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2008
3. Placerville Sketch
Note the photos surrounding the sketch and the key to the photos center bottom.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,613 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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