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San Andreas in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First Restaurant in Town

 
 
First Restaurant in Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
1. First Restaurant in Town Marker
Inscription. On this site, Joseph Zwinge built the first restaurant - tent - in 1853 known as the American Restaurant. After losing his buildings to three fires, Zwinge erected a permanent stone structure in 1855, in 1857 a brick extension was added to enlarge the restaurant and add a few guest rooms. This building survived the fires of 1856 and 1858 and remains the oldest stone building in San Andreas and in use as of today. Zwinge & Co. sold the property to Joseph Huberty in 1858.

Another marker, also attached to the front of the building reads:
Erected in 1852, this building was used as a hotel for many years.

In 1937 it was purchased and restored by Mr. and Mrs. Désiré Fricot of Fricot City and donated to the County of Calaveras to be used as a county library, museum and chamber of commerce.
 
Erected 2000 by Calaveras County Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 11.821′ N, 120° 40.836′ W. Marker is in San Andreas, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on North Main Street near Court Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 46 North Main Street, San Andreas CA 95249, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Andreas (about 300
Additional Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
2. Additional Restaurant Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); The Red Barn (approx. one mile away); Calaveras County Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); Chili Gulch (approx. 1.7 miles away); Double Springs (approx. 3.4 miles away); Attempted Stage Robbery (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Costa Store (approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Andreas.
 
More about this marker. Marker is between the two larger middle doors.
 
Regarding First Restaurant in Town. The building served as the county library until 1996, and now houses the Calaveras County Archives. Note the construction date on the right most marker is at odds with the newer marker placed by the Calaveras County Historical Society in 2000.
 
Also see . . .  Calaveras County Archives. Provides a brief description of the archives, including a short history of the building itself. (Submitted on February 11, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Calaveras County Archives Building, Constructed 1855 image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
3. Calaveras County Archives Building, Constructed 1855
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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