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Botilleas Bordellos

 
 
Botilleas Bordellos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 21, 2010
1. Botilleas Bordellos Marker
This plaster casting of the original marker is on display at the Amador County Historical Society Visitor Center at 1 Main Street, Suite A. It is also reported that another copy of the marker is or was mounted above the bar at the currently closed National Hotel.
Inscription.
World’s oldest profession
flourished 50 yds east of
this plaque for many years
Until this most perfect
example of free enterprise
was padlocked by
unsympathetic
politicians

E.R.E.C.T.I.O.N.S
1968

[ERECTIONS is an acronym for:
“Environmental Resources Enabling Committee To Investigate Our Necessary Services.”]

 
Erected 1968.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 38° 20.869′ N, 120° 46.351′ W. Marker was in Jackson, California, in Amador County. Marker could be reached from Broadway Street south of Water Street. Touch for map. The marker was embedded in the sidewalk between Water Street and Hwy 88. Marker was at or near this postal address: 30 Broadway Street, Jackson CA 95642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Jackson Fire Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); V. S. Garbarini, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Hall & Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocca's Hall, Theatre, Arena
Another Plaster Cast Replica! image. Click for more information.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
2. Another Plaster Cast Replica!
This replica hangs above the bar inside the Whiskey Flat Saloon next to the St. George Hotel in Volcano, Amador County, California.
Click for more information.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of 1852 Louisiana House (about 300 feet away); The Louisiana House (about 300 feet away); Dr. Sharp's Drug, Ginocchio's Store (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Regarding Botilleas Bordellos. The marker was originally dedicated on Valentine’s Day, 1968. It was spearheaded by a group of E Clampus-type fun seekers, who were later referred to as “The Filthy Five.” The marker was embedded in the sidewalk in front of what is now the Jackson Branch of the Bank of America. Back in Jackson’s early days, this area of Broadway Street was the home of several “houses” and it was fitting that the marker be placed in this spot.

After a public uproar led by a local church, the “Five”, removed the plaque from the sidewalk in the dead of night . Either they produced plaster castings and bracelets etc. or they commissioned someone else to do so. Thus various firms and bars had a plaster casting of the plaque in their establishments. But only the “Five” and their confidants knew where the original was over the years.

Not long after
Original Site of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
3. Original Site of the Marker
On the sidewalk in front of what is now the Jackson Branch of the Bank of America.
1968 the “Five” tried to replace the plaque and had the offensive "ERECTIONS" acronym removed and a new acronym added. But after that heart operation they decided not to implant it.

Several years ago, a member of the “Five” was persuaded to donate the original plaque to the Amador County Museum with papers attesting to its legitimacy but with a new acronym. The original is still in possession of the County of Amador and is being stored at their museum for safe keeping.

The marker seen in the window of the Amador County Historical Society’s Visitor Center is a plaster casting of the original.
Source: Larry Cenotto, Retired Amador County Archivist - Amador County Historical Society.
 
Additional comments.
1. Botilleas Bordellos marker
I found this marker at a flea market, I do not know if it is a reproduction, or the missing marker I read about on this web site.
Editors note: Assuming it is a reproduction as it is reported that the original is stored at the county museum.
    — Submitted May 25, 2016, by Mark B Hansen of Merced, California.

 
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The "Filthy Five" at the dedication of the Botilleas Bordellos Marker image. Click for full size.
Amador Historical Society, Feb. 1968
4. The "Filthy Five" at the dedication of the Botilleas Bordellos Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,363 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on July 11, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on May 14, 2011.
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