Near Penn Valley in Yuba County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
5 Mile Marker
Erected by Department of Public Works – Division of Highways. (Marker Number 320.)
Location. 39° 13.016′ N, 121° 19.05′ W. Marker is near Penn Valley, California, in Yuba County. Marker is on State Highway 20, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Penn Valley CA 95946, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Yuba River Bridge at Parks Bar (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sucker Flat (approx. one mile away); Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 1.3 miles away); Smartsville Grocery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Smartville / Smartsville (approx. 1.3 miles away); Edward James McGanney (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mooney Flat Hotel (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hammon Grove (approx. 4½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Ghost Towns: Timbuctoo. (Submitted on December 5, 2008.)
2. Timbuctoo, California. (Submitted on February 19, 2018, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.)
1. The other marker
Until at least 1947, there was a 1 1/2 mile marker to the east of Timbuctoo on Highway 20. That marker was identical to the 5 mile marker shown.
— Submitted December 8, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.
2. Marker inscription
Although the historic marker reads "store restored, 1928..." the commemorative plaque placed on the Wells Fargo and Stewart Bros. store building by the Native Daughters of the Golden West (Parlor 162) was dated May 10, 1925. (The plaque is visible on the right side of the building's facade in Photo #6.) So, a three-year discrepancy exists between the NDGW restoration date and the California Department of Public Works date.
— Submitted December 8, 2008, by
3. Landmark Status
Timbuctoo became a California State Registered Historical Landmark (No. 320) on July 12, 1939.
— Submitted December 24, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.
4. Commemorative Plaque
The Commemorative Plaque referenced in Comment #2 reads in full:
"Old Wells Fargo Office & Stewart Bros. Store (1855) Restored and dedicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women of Timbuctoo. May 10, 1925, by Marysville Parlor No. 6, N.S.G.W. Marysville Parlor No. 162, N.D.G.W. Presented by Wells Fargo Bank & Union Trust Co., San Francisco."
Note: The lettering on the plaque is all uppercase.
— Submitted January 6, 2009, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,424 times since then and 152 times this year. Last updated on July 19, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1. submitted on December 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2. submitted on August 13, 2016, by Terri Sottile of Oceanside, California. 3. submitted on December 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4. submitted on April 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 5. submitted on April 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 7. submitted on February 20, 2018, by James King of San Miguel, California. 8. submitted on December 24, 2008, by Lane Parker of San Francisco, California.