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Los Banos in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Woolgrowers

 
 
Woolgrowers Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, June 5, 2016
1. Woolgrowers Marker
Inscription. Built in the 1890’s, this establishment has served the community continuously for over 100 years. Early on, it was a way station for immigrants and travelers alike. Having a restaurant and rooms upstairs, it was a welcome sight for passengers from the nearby train depot. It was also a “safe haven” for people emigrating from Europe, looking for a hot meal and a warm bed. They all found this and more at the Woolgrowers.
Woolgrowers is without a doubt one of California’s treasures. The Iturbide family, owners since 1974, have carried on this tradition until today. Continuing to serve the very best French Basque cuisine with a warm family atmosphere.
 
Erected 2001 by Native Sons of the Golden West, William E. Hargis, Grand President.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 3.698′ N, 120° 50.817′ W. Marker is in Los Banos, California, in Merced County. Marker is on H Street east of 6th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is mounted above the door to the bar. Marker is at or near this postal address: 609 H Street, Los Banos CA 93635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Wool Growers Rest image. Click for full size.
By James King, June 5, 2016
2. Wool Growers Rest
Marker can be seen above the door to the bar.
16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Miller (within shouting distance of this marker); Guglielmo Marconi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Los Banos (approx. 0.3 miles away); Canal Farm Inn (approx. 0.9 miles away); San Luis Camp Adobe (approx. 7 miles away); Gustine Museum (approx. 15.9 miles away); Enterprise School (approx. 15.9 miles away); Men of Gustine War Memorial (approx. 16 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Banos.
 
More about this marker. While the name of the establishment is properly "Wool Growers", the two words were conflated on the plaque to become "Woolgrowers".
 
Also see . . .
1. Wool Growers in Los Baños. Not to be confused with Wool Growers in Bakersfield, another fine establishment. (Submitted on June 6, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. Wool Growers changes ownership, but nothing else. "...Zabalbeascoa’s first boss, Victor Arretche, owned the restaurant then, along with the sheep ranch Zabalbeascoa now owns. He was 21 when he arrived from the Basque country in northern Spain..." (Submitted on June 6, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Wool Growers image. Click for full size.
By James King, June 5, 2016
3. Wool Growers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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