Winters in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Born in England in 1829, John Cradwick settled in the Winters area in 1875 where he farmed and established a brick-making business. Teaming with local contractor, Alex Ritchie, Cradwick utilized his brick masonry skills to erect this building.
Early businesses occupying the building included the Winters Bakery, the Phoenix General Store, and a saloon. In 1893, Cradwick offered 21 sleeping rooms upstairs. The building later became known as the Acme Hotel.
During the severe Winters' earthquake in 1892, the Cradwick Building sustained major damage. The city's only fatality occurred when bricks from the back of the building fell and killed Jeff Darby.
In 1998, the Cradwick Building was rehabilitated by a local investment group in partnership with the city of Winters, including substantial seismic retrofitting of the structure.
Location. 38° 31.303′ N, 121° 58.173′ W. Marker is in Winters, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on Main Street west of Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Main Street, Winters CA 95694, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Hotel De Vilbiss (within shouting distance of this marker); Vaca Valley Railroad (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge (about 600 feet away); Wolfskill Grant (approx. 1.3 miles away); Halfway House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Village of Silveyville (approx. 7.3 miles away); Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (approx. 9.1 miles away); Nut Tree (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winters.
Regarding Cradwick Building. On April 19th and 21st, 1892, two earthquakes and their associated aftershocks badly shook the Winters-Vacaville area, severely damaging both cities and structures in the outlying areas. For Winters, the latter quake was the more damaging of the two, with much of the business district near ruins. Edward Holden, in his 1898 volume, A Catalogue of Earthquakes on the Pacific Coast, 1769-1897, published extensive accounts of damage to the area. One description (p. 197) of the quake in Winters: ...In the Cradwick building were three women and a man when the shock came. The women escaped by the front door just in the nick of time. The man was the poor fellow with the crushed skull sent to Woodland. The building itself is a heap of bricks, unsymmetrically piled
Also see . . . Historic Main Street Walking Tour. A walking tour of the Winter's historic Main Street, with notes and photos for the buildings of interest. (Submitted on February 8, 2011.)
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