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

Downieville Brewery

 
 
Downieville Brewery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
1. Downieville Brewery Marker
Inscription. The Bosch Brewery, as it was also know is believed to be the first brewery in Downieville. Mr. Borge was the original builder and operator in 1854. In 1856 he sold it to Scamman, Shultz and Rapp. They sold it to Ferdinand Bosch in 1858.

Bosch conducted business for many years producing the highest grade beer in town. Improvements were made including a turbine wheel installed in 1881, used to run a small malt mill. A cave behind the brewery served as a storage refrigerator. Beer wagons ran to Goodyear’s Bar, Forest City and Allegheny.

In 1898, Bosch sold the business to John Woessner. Upon Woessner’s death in 1910, the building was willed to Bessie Taylor Zwiefel and Henry J. Zwiefel, a bartender at the Forest City Brewery. They operated a laundry on site until 1942. the building was sold to Norah G. Cameron.

A succession of owners followed until 1994 when Rick and Cherry Simi purchased it and are restoring the old Downieville Brewery.

Editors note: The errors seen in the text are on the marker
 
Erected 1995 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° 33.723′ 
Downieville Brewery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
2. Downieville Brewery and Marker
N, 120° 49.559′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker is on Main Street (Referred to as "Upper Main"), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Downieville CA 95936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downieville Foundry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major William Downie Cabin Site (about 400 feet away); Arrastra (about 700 feet away); Downieville Museum (about 700 feet away); First Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Downieville (about 700 feet away); Mackerman & Company Building (about 800 feet away); St. Charles Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downieville.
 
More about this marker. This building is a private residence. Please respect the owner's privacy.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Mine Shaft Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
3. Mine Shaft Entrance
This mine shaft built into the hill behind the brewery building was mined for a short time. The operators of the brewery eventually used the tunnel for storage as it maintains a cool constant temperature.
Mine Shaft Interior image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
4. Mine Shaft Interior
Mine Shaft Interior image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
5. Mine Shaft Interior
The owners have decorated the interior with spooks and goblins and open the tunnel to the local children for Halloween thrills.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 5, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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