Near Forest Ranch in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
14 Mile House
A Georgian, Nick Spires, is said to have built the first accommodation here on the rim of Little Chico Creek Canyon for travelers and their livestock. The name longest associated with the popular inn is Paul Lucas, who bought the land from Spires. His son John built a fine two-story hotel. A slaughter house provided the inn with beef grown on the Lucas Ranch on Little Chico Creek. Orchards and gardens provided fruit and vegetables. A good spring gave plenty of water.
The hide house, adjacent to the slaughter house off to the right, had use as a school for Chico Canyon children after 1917. Folklore tells us that Nick Spires’ black slave, who came with him from Georgia, lived on at the 14 Mile House after emancipation and is buried at the site of the old gardens. Soon after the turn of the 20th century, the toll house was moved four miles north, nearer today’s Forest Ranch. The last remaining 14 Mile House building, the old barn, disappeared in the 1960s. This sign erected in memory of Dorothy J. Hills, Chico Historian.
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Location. 39° 50.954′ N, 121° 41.544′ W. Marker is near Forest Ranch, California, in Butte County. Marker is at the intersection of Deer Creek Highway (California Route 32) and 14 Mile House Drive on Deer Creek Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Ranch CA 95942, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Centerville Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Centerville School (approx. 4.7 miles away); “Magalia Depot & Butte County Railroad” (approx. 6.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Dogtown (approx. 6.7 miles away); Magalia Community Church / The Magalia Schoolhouse Bell (approx. 6.7 miles away); Lovelock (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Dogtown Nugget (approx. 6.8 miles away); PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto (approx. 7.6 miles away).
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