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

Lower Fairchild Building

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
1. Lower Fairchild Building Marker
Inscription. F.A. Gerbode began construction of this building for W.A. (Will) Fairchild in 1903. Family legend says that when excavation began, enough gold was found to finance the project which totaled $16,000. The building’s two stories, much like today, housed two stores on the first floor, including Fairchild’s Pharmacy, and 15 office rooms on the second floor.

In the early days, Fairchild’s Pharmacy featured and elaborate marble-topped soda fountain. Here also customers could purchase “Real Photo Postcards” that Will and his wife “Frankie” (Frances) had commissioned. Their vast array of collectable post cards lined a large area of one of the store’s entry walls and depicted scenes of El Dorado County businesses, homes, landmarks and notable citizens. Another popular item was Fairchild’s barb wire oil, said to speed the cure of everything from saddle galls to chapped hands.

Frances Fairchild was interested in culture and art of the local Native American tribes and acquired a large number of Maidu and Miwok baskets which lined nearly the entire promenade of the store’s walls.
 
Erected by Heritage Association of El Dorado County.
 
Location. 38° 43.757′ N, 120° 48.052′ W. Marker
Lower Fairchild Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
2. Lower Fairchild Building Marker
is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 429 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Placerville Hardware (here, next to this marker); Davis and Roy News Depot / Shelley Inch Building / Placerville News Company (a few steps from this marker); History of Old Town Center (within shouting distance of this marker); James D. Rinehart (within shouting distance of this marker); Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building (within shouting distance of this marker); In Respectful Memory of Joseph M. Staples (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph Jewelers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Douglass – Hines Building Bricks (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Lower Fairchild Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
3. Lower Fairchild Building
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of El Dorado County Historical Museum
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 943 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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