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Ferndale in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“Poppa Joe's”

 
 
"Poppa Joe's" Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
1. "Poppa Joe's" Marker
Inscription. Erected in the early 1870s, this magnificent structure was a drug store. In 1877 it became known as the Alford Drug Store until 1886. In 1879, Wells Fargo and Co. established an express station in the Alford Drug Store and maintained it through 1884. From 1886 until 1897 it was the Ferndale Lodge #220 IOOF, Michel’s Drug Store and the Bonetti Jewelry Store.

It became a saloon in 1897 through 1919 when it changed to a billiard and pool parlor due to prohibition. In 1925 it became known as Becker’s Billiard Parlor until it was purchased by the present day owner in 2000. The name was changed to “Poppa Joe’s”, named after one of its founders, Joe Alexandre, a local dairyman.

“Poppa Joe’s” has, for over 100 years, been a place, and still is, where old time camaraderie still flourishes.
 
Erected 2010 by Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 2009-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 40° 34.598′ N, 124° 15.834′ W. Marker is in Ferndale, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (California Route 211) and Brown Street
"Poppa Joe's" image. Click for full size.
By James King, February 8, 2014
2. "Poppa Joe's"
The marker is visible just below the window on the right.
, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 Main Street, Ferndale CA 95536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blackburn Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferndale Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferndale Palace Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Ivanhoe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Victorian Inn" (about 500 feet away); "The Danish Hall" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferndale.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places in Humboldt County. This building is part of NRHP #93001461, Ferndale Main Street Historic District. (Submitted on February 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Application. (Submitted on February 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. National Register of Historic Places Photo(s). (Submitted on February 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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