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

History of Old Town Center

 
 
History of Old Town Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
1. History of Old Town Center Marker
Inscription. The Masonic Building was built by S.G. Beach and Company in the fall of 1893 for the Placerville Masonic Hall Association, using 85,000 first quality bricks shipped from Sacramento. It housed some of the finest legal talent in the county, attorneys such as Charles Swisler who served in the state legislature beginning in 1895 and George H. Blanchard, a legislature and the foremost mining attorney in the area. The lodge rooms were upstairs.
Chronology
1853 – 1856- The site of the National Saloon.
1856 – 1864- After the fire of 1856 Davis & Roy’s famous Nebraska Saloon was built.
1864 – 1871- Roy & Tryon’s Cabinet Warehouse.
1871 – 1887- A.T. Culbertson’s Furniture Store.
1887 – 1920- M.Q. Meehan Hardware Store specialized in selling carload lots of Hercules Blasting Powder used in deep gold mines.
1920 – 1958- Dr. R.A. Rantz and Don A. Goodrich owned the Sportsman Shop.
1958 – 1983- Location of Atwood Insurance Co.
1981 – The Masonic Building was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. J.K. Woo who have remodeled the building to house retail shops, professional offices, and constructed a large deck over Hangtown Creek.
 
Location. 38° 
Placerville Masonic Building and Old Town Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
2. Placerville Masonic Building and Old Town Center Marker
Marker is located at the center of the building to the right of the entrance door.
43.747′ N, 120° 48.074′ W. 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: 413 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Davis and Roy News Depot / Shelley Inch Building / Placerville News Company (a few steps from this marker); Placerville Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Fairchild Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Randolph Jewelers (within shouting distance of this marker); James D. Rinehart (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (about 300 feet away); Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building (about 300 feet away); The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce
 
Masonic Temple - 1893 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
3. Masonic Temple - 1893
 
 
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 956 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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