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

Wilson/McConnell House

 
 
Wilson/McConnell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 2, 2012
1. Wilson/McConnell House Marker
Inscription. James Wilson, a Norwegian immigrant shoemaker, purchased the property and brick building to the right in 1869. The brick building housed his shop; living quarters were in the rear. Wilson died in 1876, leaving his widow, Rose, and 8 children. This home had been planned and she saw to its completion in 1878. Dr. and Mrs. James McConnell purchased the properties in 1941, restored the home, moving in to it in 1943. Geraldine McConnell, widowed in 1961, continued to reside here. The home was the governorís mansion for a day in 1945 when Columbia was designated a state historic monument; also, it was featured in the movie “High Noon.” It is noteworthy that 2 widows, Rose, in the 19th century, and Geraldine, in the 20th century, have been responsible for the building, restoration and preservation of this landmark.
 
Erected 1992 by Native Daughters of the Golden West, Golden Era Parlor No. 90.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 2.115′ N, 120° 24.043′ W. Marker is in Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker
Wilson/McConnell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 3, 2012
2. Wilson/McConnell House Marker
is located in Columbia State Historic Park between Jackson and State Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia CA 95310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water, Precious as Gold (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bountiful Place to Live (within shouting distance of this marker); Bixel Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Burns Cottage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Home for Immigrants (about 300 feet away); Claverie Building (about 400 feet away); Prosper Rocher Brewery (about 500 feet away); A Cosmopolitan Society (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Wilson/McConnell House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 2, 2012
3. The Wilson/McConnell House
The brick building to the right of the Wilson/McConnell House image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 29, 2016
4. The brick building to the right of the Wilson/McConnell House
The brick building to the right of the Wilson/McConnell House image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 29, 2016
5. The brick building to the right of the Wilson/McConnell House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4, 5. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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