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Downieville in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Charles Hotel

 
 
St. Charles Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
1. St. Charles Hotel Marker
Inscription. The original hotel was built in 1850. Destroyed by fire, February 19, 1852 and rebuilt by Thomas H. Clair, Proprietor. It also was destroyed by fire in 1864. F. A. Eschbacker, built a new St. Charles Hotel and operated it into the 1880ís, upon his death his son William and his wife became proprietors, they sold to John Costa. In 1902 he sold to Antone Lavezzola who remained proprietor until 1942. Marion F. Lusk bought the hotel and sold to Ora Higgins who was the owner when it burned for the last time in 1947. The St. Charles was an area landmark and the principal hotel of Downieville. It housed the first telegraph and Wells Fargo Express Office.
 
Erected 1994 by Major William Downie Chapter No. 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.625′ N, 120° 49.676′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker is on Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Route 49), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main Street, Downieville CA 95936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy (a few steps from
St. Charles Hotel Site and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
2. St. Charles Hotel Site and Marker
The marker is mounted on the front of Sierra Hardware.
this marker); Mackerman & Company Building (a few steps from this marker); Craycroft Building (a few steps from this marker); Downieville (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Juanita (within shouting distance of this marker); Downieville Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Downieville Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrastra (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downieville.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
St. Charles Hotel Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
3. St. Charles Hotel Sign
A front view of the sign which hung at the St. Charles Hotel. It is now on display at the Downieville Museum.
St. Charles Hotel Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
4. St. Charles Hotel Sign
Rear view of the sign clearly showing the burn scars from the fire.
St. Charles Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Roger Sturtevant, Photographer, March 29, 1934
5. St. Charles Hotel
Library of Congress HABS CAL,46-DOWNV,7-2
St. Charles Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
6. St. Charles Hotel
Model of the St. Charles Hotel on display at the Downieville Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 28, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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