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Penn Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Anthony House and Ranch

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2013
1. Anthony House and Ranch Marker
Inscription. In 1849 a Mr. Anthony staked out 160 acres on the north side of Deer Creek on the road which would become part of the Marysville-Henness Pass-Virginia City trade route, and built a house and out-buildings. While further details about Mr. Anthony are unknown, the name Anthony House prevailed through a succession of owners. The property was up for sale in 1852 and purchased by Mr. S.P. French.

By that time it was a flourishing stage stop, serving as a hotel, restaurant, livery stable and post office. The original house burned down in 1876 but was quickly rebuilt. Subsequent owners included William Henry Davey, Nevada County Supervisor 1908 – 1916 and later his son, Frank Davey.

Stage stop and post office operations continued to 1906 when the post office was moved to Smartsville. Thereafter, declining traffic on the trade route led to farming and cattle raising as the main use of the property. By 1970 when Boise-Cascade began development of this area, the property had fallen into disrepair and the house was burned down as a training exercise by the Penn Valley Fire Protection District. Construction of Anthony Dam here on Deer Creek submerged any remains of this historic site under Lake Wildwood.
 
Location. 39° 14.169′ N, 121° 13.022′ 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2013
2. Anthony House and Ranch Marker
W. Marker is in Penn Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Pleasant Valley Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12749 Pleasant Valley Road, 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. Mooney Flat Hotel (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bridgeport Historic District (approx. 4 miles away); Bridgeport (Nyes Crossing) Covered Bridge (approx. 4 miles away); Bridgeport Bridge (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bridgeport Bridge (approx. 4.1 miles away); Rough and Ready (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fippin's Blacksmith Shop (approx. 4.2 miles away); Republic of Rough and Ready (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Valley.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Lake Wildwood's Anthony Dam.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Anthony House and Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2013
3. Anthony House and Ranch Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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