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Groveland in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Iron Door Saloon

 
 
Iron Door Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
1. Iron Door Saloon Marker
Inscription. This building is the oldest liquor-serving establishment in the state of California. It began life in 1852 as “The Granite Store” built by Peter King. It operated as a general mercantile with, of course, the obligatory “plank over flour barrels’ serving liquor to thirsty miners. In the 1860’s postmaster Jim Tannahill bought the store which also functioned as the town’s post office for almost 25 years. In 1896 Giacomo De Ferrari turned the building into a full fledged saloon. It became named “The Iron Door Saloon” in 1937. Since 1985, it has been owned by Peter and Bettike Barsotti.
 
Erected 1999 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 50.355′ N, 120° 13.793′ W. Marker is in Groveland, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 120) just west of Back Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18753 Main Street, Groveland CA 95321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Groveland (a few steps from this marker); Groveland Hotel
Iron Door Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
2. Iron Door Saloon
The marker is mounted on the front of the building at the far right.
(a few steps from this marker); Arrastra (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph E. Lemos (approx. 1.9 miles away); Big Oak Flat (approx. 1.9 miles away); Second Garrote (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ferretti Shrine (approx. 5.1 miles away); Stevens Bar Bridge (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groveland.
 
Also see . . .  The Iron Door Saloon. The Iron Door Saloon website offers a link which details the history of the saloon. (Submitted on March 8, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Iron Door Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
3. The Iron Door Saloon
Main Street, Groveland image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
4. Main Street, Groveland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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