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Washington in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Washington

 
 
Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2011
1. Washington Marker
Inscription. Washington, originally Indiana Boys Camp, is a town that refused to ghost. It was settled in 1849. By 1880 miners had recovered over $10,500,000 in gold here.
 
Erected 1970 by E Clampus Vitus, Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart, Chapter No. 10.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 21.552′ N, 120° 48.014′ W. Marker is in Washington, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Washington Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15432 Washington Road, Washington CA 95986, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kohler Building (a few steps from this marker); Brimskill Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Elementary School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Washington (about 500 feet away); Ormonde (approx. 2.7 miles away); Emigrant Trail to Nevada City (approx. 3 miles away); The History of This Area (approx. 3 miles away); Alpha and Omega (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Regarding Washington.
The Washington Hotel and Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2011
2. The Washington Hotel and Washington Marker
The marker is mounted on the stone (fireplace) wall at the front of the Washington Hotel.
The Washington Hotel was registered as a Nevada County Historical Landmark on November, 1, 1994.
Description from Exploring Nevada County by the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission:
Hessel Buisman built the first hotel on this site in 1857. It was destroyed by fire in August 1867, along with neighboring businesses. Buisman replaced it with a two-story hotel in that same year. In 1887, Buismanís daughter Harminia and her husband, E. T. Worthley, inherited the hotel, which burned in April 1896. John J. Rogers bought the hotel in 1910 for $50, and in 1911 he installed a water pipeline across the river to the Nice and Latta ditch to furnish water for the town. In 1912, he used the water to generate the first electricity for the hotel. Thomas B. Williamson, who had purchased a half interest in the hotel for $10 in 1911, bought out Rogers in 1916, and then sold it to Pietro Orzalli. Orzalli sold the property to R. F. Wiliamson (brother of Tom) in 1925. In 1926, Emory J. Haverstock bought the hotel and added dormer windows on the top floor, using lumber salvaged from the fire-ravaged Dugan Hotel (also in Washington). Haverstock sold it to Clark and Edna Waite for $10 in 1939. In 1955, the hotel was sold for $10 to Harold Moneyhun, former owner of the Holybrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, and Edwin Furano of Nevada City. In 1968 Thomas E. Walsh used siding salvaged from
The Washington Hotel, side. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 19, 2010
3. The Washington Hotel, side.
the National Hotel Annex in Nevada City to enclose the side porch on the upriver side of the hotel."

 
Also see . . .  History of Washington. Occupied since 1849, this scenic site was once a flourishing mining town of 3,000. There were hotels, restaurants and stores with supplies for the miners. (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The Washington Hotel, side. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 19, 2010
4. The Washington Hotel, side.
The Washington Hotel, back image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 19, 2010
5. The Washington Hotel, back
View take from the South Yuba River.
The Washington Hotel saloon. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 19, 2010
6. The Washington Hotel saloon.
The Washington Hotel dining room. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 19, 2010
7. The Washington Hotel dining room.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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