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Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Miller's Saloon

 
 
Miller's Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 30, 2011
1. Miller's Saloon Marker
Inscription. Built 1860's by Fred Miller; the finest bar, pool hall, card room, and dance hall in the area. Sold to R. V. Shaw in 1903 who operated a hotel here for years; later known as John Greenhalgh Hall. Napier family sold to the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates in 1985.

Erected 17 April 1988
Estanislao 58, E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1988 by E Clampus Vitus, Estanislao Chapter No. 58.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 49.157′ N, 120° 40.288′ W. Marker is in Knights Ferry, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Dean Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17631 Main Street, Oakdale CA 95361, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knights Ferry - The Store (a few steps from this marker); Knights Ferry No. 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Knight's Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights Ferry Hook & Ladder (about 300 feet away, measured in
Miller's Hall (approx. 1864) and Marker (to the left of the leftmost door) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 30, 2011
2. Miller's Hall (approx. 1864) and Marker (to the left of the leftmost door)
Over the years Miller's Hall has served as a saloon, a pool hall, dance hall, card room, bordello, and private residence. Nowadays Miller's Hall houses the town museum, post office, a read-and-return library, a boutique, the Knight's Ferry Community Services District Office, and an ice cream parlor.
a direct line); Tulloch’s Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knights Ferry Covered Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buena Vista (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knights Ferry.
 
Regarding Miller's Saloon. The 2007 application (available online) to the Stanislaus County Planning Commission by the Knight's Ferry Ice Cream Parlor for permission to sell "ready-to-eat" food items, notes an additional historical use that was not mentioned on the marker - bordello. Surely an oversight on the part of the Clampers.
 
Also see . . .  Residents Revive Knights Ferry Building. Dawn Henley's Oakdale Leader article (7/15/2009) on the rehabilitation of Miller's Hall. (Submitted on May 4, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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