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Historical Markers in Sierra County, California

 
Clickable Map of Sierra County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Sierra County, CA (55) Lassen County, CA (46) Nevada County, CA (218) Plumas County, CA (119) Yuba County, CA (46) Washoe County, NV (91)  SierraCounty(55) Sierra County (55)  LassenCounty(46) Lassen County (46)  NevadaCounty(218) Nevada County (218)  PlumasCounty(119) Plumas County (119)  YubaCounty(46) Yuba County (46)  WashoeCountyNevada(91) Washoe County (91)
Downieville is the county seat for Sierra County
Adjacent to Sierra County, California
      Lassen County (46)  
      Nevada County (218)  
      Plumas County (119)  
      Yuba County (46)  
      Washoe County, Nevada (91)  
 
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1California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Alleghany
On Miners Street at Main Street, on the left when traveling south on Miners Street.
Alleghany, “The Treasure Town,” was made up several mining camps; Smith’s Flat, Kanaka Flat, Wet Ravine, Cumberland and Kanaka City. All were established within a few months period in 1851, with Smith’s Flat being the first. Among the first . . . Map (db m65935) HM
2California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Bald Mountain Mine
Near Main Street at School Street (unsigned), on the left when traveling east. Reported missing.
Forest City’s early placer gold claims were worked out by 1865 leaving the town “busted.” In 1870 a company of local miners and businessmen located a lost section of “The Great Blue Lead,” a 60 million year old north – . . . Map (db m65961) HM
3California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Bovee Building
On Main Street (County Route 306), on the right when traveling north.
Constructed in the late 1878s, by the early argonaut, J.F. Bovee, to house a clothing store and tavern. In 1928 David H. Casey, the 1918 Marine Corps Light Weight Boxing Champion, acquired the building. He ran a meat market with a “speak . . . Map (db m65934) HM
4California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Cornish Ranch Houseest. 1861
On Henness Pass Road (County Route S301), on the right when traveling west.
Built by N.O. Cornish to serve traffic on the Henness Pass Road “a large and commodious house for the accomodation (sic) of the public provided smithing and hay for teamsters(.“) In 1868 the transcontinental R.R. ended . . . Map (db m65875) HM
5California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Forest City
On Main Street at School Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street.
Settled in 1850 by Mr. Savage, the first locations on Smith’s Flat were made in 1851. The company consisted of Big Smith Frank Powers, Thomas Dunham, Elihu Mosgrove and Davie Lewis. The diggings were named Brownsville in 1852 by a company of . . . Map (db m65944) HM
6California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Forest City Brewery
Near Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
Established in the early 1850’s by Henry Kern and sold in 1858 to John Amerheim and Frank Diedel, together with mules, hogs, malt, barley and kegs. The brewery burned four times over its 80 year history but was rebuilt in the same location due to . . . Map (db m65957) HM
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7California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Forest City Dance Hall
On Main Street at School Street (unsigned) on Main Street.
Built by West and Knowles following the fire of 1883. This then three-story structure housed the Knights of Pythias, a large rubber-sprung dance floor, a barber shop, saloon and billiard hall. In the late 1930s, the top floors were crushed by snow . . . Map (db m65946) HM
8California, Sierra County, Alleghany — 421 — Henness Pass RoadPioneer Emigrant Trail
On Ridge Road at Mountain House Road, on the left when traveling east on Ridge Road.
The main emigrant trail leading from Virginia City to Marysville, California. Traveled by the pioneers as early as 1849.Map (db m143469) HM
9California, Sierra County, Alleghany — HP-13 — Henness Pass Road - Plum Valley
On Ridge Road, 0.5 miles east of Tippe Canoe Mine Road, on the right when traveling east.
Beginning in 1854, John Bope's Ranch and Inn was a major stopping place on the Ridge Road. "3-1/2 miles to Tavern in Plum Valley, here we campt,...gold diggings all around here." - Loring S. Comstock, Aug 28, 1855Map (db m99648) HM
10California, Sierra County, Alleghany — HP-12 — Henness Pass Road - To Ridge Junction
On Ridge Road at Mountain House Road, on the left when traveling east on Ridge Road.
"On again (along ridge), 2 miles to Gallaway's Rancho, then 4 miles to Forest City, to right of road and Orleans Flat (and Alleghany) to left of road. - Loring Samuel Comstock, Aug 28, 1855.Map (db m99646) HM
11California, Sierra County, Alleghany — 695 — Plum Valley House Site
On Ridge Road, on the right when traveling east.
The Plum Valley House, built in 1854 by John Bope, was constructed of hewn logs and whip sawn lumber. It was a toll station on the Henness Pass Road between Marysville and Virginia City. It is named for the wild plums which grow in the area.Map (db m65932) HM
12California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Rite Here
On Mountain House Road, on the right when traveling west.
On July 1st, 1887, an attempt was made to rob the Forest City Stage carrying a shipment of Gold from the Bald Mountain Extension Mine. Tom Davis, driver, Ben Treloar, shotgun, were ordered to halt, but were shot and "wounded" before the . . . Map (db m65958) HM
13California, Sierra County, Alleghany — Stamp Mill
On Main Street near Mountain House Road, on the right when traveling east.
This mill, used to crush quartz rock in order to extract gold, was first located at the Del Norte and Scotia Mine in French Ravine, near Alleghany, an area which was suffering from an embarrassment of riches. The Alleghany lode was the purest . . . Map (db m65947) HM
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14California, Sierra County, Alleghany — The Sixteen to One Mine
On Miners Street at Foote Road (unsigned), on the left when traveling south on Miners Street.
California’s Sixteen to One has been producing gold for over one hundreds years. More than one million troy ounces of gold have been mined from its tunnels. In 1853 the Knickerbocker Drift Mine was started, later led to the development of the . . . Map (db m65937) HM
15California, Sierra County, Bassetts — Site of Howard Ranch and Inn 1865
On Highway 49 at Gold Lake Highway, on the left when traveling north on Highway 49.
The Log Cabin Inn was rebuilt and renamed, Bassett House, by Mary and Jacob H. Bassett in 1871. This stopover was used by stage and freight teams between Truckee, Sierraville, Gold Lake, and Downieville until 1906. No wayfarer ever went away hungry . . . Map (db m21897) HM
16California, Sierra County, Calpine — Crossing the Summit - Weather or Not
On Yuba Pass Road at California Route 49, on the right when traveling south on Yuba Pass Road.
In 1852 a pack trail was blazed from Sierra Valley over the summit to the placer mines of the North Yuba. Originally packers transported hay but within a few years this trade included beef, butter, barley, oats, hogs, and poultry. On April 24, . . . Map (db m99627) HM
17California, Sierra County, Calpine — Food for the Mines49 Miles Along Highway 49
On Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49) at Yuba Pass Road, on the right when traveling east on Golden Chain Highway. Reported missing.
Hay was packed to Sierra City from Sierra Valley as early as 1852. Many of these pack trains used 50 to 75 animals. By the end of the decade, beef, butter, barley, oats, hogs and poultry products were being packed to west side. In 1870, the Yuba . . . Map (db m65989) HM
18California, Sierra County, Calpine — Sierra Valley History
On Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49 at milepost 45.7), on the right when traveling east. Reported missing.
Sierra Valley was discovered in 1851 by James P. Beckwourth, a mountain man and entrepreneur who was searching for a northern route across the Sierra Nevada. The valley had been sighted a year earlier by prospectors exploring the nearby Sierra . . . Map (db m65990) HM
19California, Sierra County, Camptonville — A Choice Location
On State Highway 49, on the right when traveling north.
Before the gold rush Indian Valley was used extensively by the Nisenan people. They were attracted to by the oak groves and the availability of fish and deer. Beginning in 1849, the North Yuba River was intensively mined for gold. The cone . . . Map (db m43897) HM
20California, Sierra County, Downieville — Arrastra
On Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
This is a one to six scale model of an Arrastra, which was operated in Sierra City on the Kane Flat near the present Hayes Home. It was located in the famous Sierra Buttes Quartz Mine near the site of the Great 40 Stamp Mill. . . . Map (db m66290) HM
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21California, Sierra County, Downieville — Cannon Point - California Volunteers Memorial
On State Highway 49, on the right when traveling east.
Dedicated To the memory of Company K ----------------- 6th Regiment California Volunteers May 27, 1863 – May 27, 1931Map (db m43848) HM
22California, Sierra County, Downieville — Craycroft Building
On Commercial Street (State Highway 49) at Main Street (State Highway 49), on the left when traveling east on Commercial Street.
Originally a log building constructed in 1850 by John Craycroft & Company. It housed the famous Craycroft Saloon which boasted a 70 foot bar made from one rip-sawed board. Destroyed by fire, on February 19, 1852, it was immediately replaced by the . . . Map (db m43888) HM
23California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville
On State Highway 49, on the right when traveling north.
Downieville, County Seat of Sierra County, was founded in 1849 upon discovery of gold near the confluence of the North Yuba and Downie Rivers. First called The Forks, it was renamed Downieville after Major Downie, who is said to have offered to . . . Map (db m43899) HM
24California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville
On Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49), on the left when traveling east.
Downieville is historically one of the most important & colorful towns of the Northern Mines. Gold deposits were discovered in 1848-1849. The spot where the town later developed was known as Jim Crow Diggins, Washingtonville, Missouri Town, or . . . Map (db m43922) HM
25California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville Brewery
On Main Street (Referred to as "Upper Main"), on the left when traveling east.
The Bosch Brewery, as it was also know is believed to be the first brewery in Downieville. Mr. Borge was the original builder and operator in 1854. In 1856 he sold it to Scamman, Shultz and Rapp. They sold it to Ferdinand Bosch in 1858. Bosch . . . Map (db m44233) HM
26California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville Cemetery
On Gold Bluff Road north of Main Street, on the left when traveling east.
Sometimes referred to as the “Masonic Graveyard”, began in circa 1860. Interred here are the remains of many early Argonauts. Nature’s storms and miner’s greed exposed many graves in the prior cemetery, including that of Thaddeus Purdy, . . . Map (db m44266) HM
27California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville Foundry
On Pearl Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49), on the right when traveling east.
Built in 1855 by Soloman Purdy of timbers mortised and fastened with wooden pegs. The “coke” and pig iron used was shipped “Around the Horn” to San Francisco then by pack train to Downieville at a cost of $40.00 per ton. The . . . Map (db m44238) HM
28California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville Museum
On Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49).
Main Marker: One of the first buildings in Downieville, built in 1852 this stone building was originally known as the Old Slate Store. The walls of this building are made entirely of flat rocks laid horizontally. It was first used as a . . . Map (db m43981) HM
29California, Sierra County, Downieville — Downieville Veterans Memorial
On Main Street (State Highway 49) at Sunnyside Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street.
Center Marker: In honor of our members who have served in the Armed Forces of their county Downieville Parlor No. 92 Native Sons of the Golden West Marker on left: Dedicated to the many American . . . Map (db m43872) HM
30California, Sierra County, Downieville — First Catholic Church
On Sunnyside Drive, on the right.
Near this site in 1852 was erected the first Catholic Church in Downieville, with Father Dalton in charge. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1858 and replaced by the present structure the same year.Map (db m95694) HM
31California, Sierra County, Downieville — First Protestant Church
On Commercial Street (California Route 49), on the right when traveling north.
This Methodist Episcopal church, the first protestant place of worship to be erected in Downieville, was organized in 1855 by Rev. H. Ewart, who became the first regular pastor in 1856. Necessary funds were raised by Rev. John B. Hill.Map (db m95691) HM
32California, Sierra County, Downieville — HP-11 — Henness Pass Road - Downieville
On Main Street at Nevada Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
"Went to Downieville, called one of the smartest mining towns in the country, containing some 4, or 5,000 inhabitants, buildings in the business part of town are very well built a great deal of business is done" - Winslow Blake, Aug 25, 1852Map (db m99645) HM
33California, Sierra County, Downieville — Hirshfeldter Building
On Main Street (State Highway 49) near Sunnyside Street, on the left when traveling east.
This fireproof stone structure was built by E. Hirshfeldter shortly after the Downieville fire of February 19, 1852. It is an excellent example of California Gold Rush architecture. From its inception, it was used as a hardware store utilizing a . . . Map (db m43869) HM
34California, Sierra County, Downieville — In Memory of Juanita
On Commercial Street (State Highway 49) south of Main Street, on the left when traveling east.
The Spanish woman also known as Josefa, was hung off the Jersey Bridge July 5, 1851 a short distance down stream from this spot, for the murder of Frederick Alexander Agustus Cannon. Cannon and his friends were celebrating Independence Day and . . . Map (db m57382) HM
35California, Sierra County, Downieville — Mackerman & Company Building
On Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49), on the left when traveling east.
Constructed circa 1852. Joseph Mackerman used the building as home and brewery. Since that time the building housed a drug store, meat market and California’s oldest weekly newspaper - - - The Mountain Messenger. This fireproof building, with iron . . . Map (db m43913) HM
36California, Sierra County, Downieville — Major William Downie Cabin Site
On Main Street (Also known as Old Main Street) at East River Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street (Also known as Old Main Street).
Downie, a native of Scotland arrived in San Francisco on July 5, 1849. He moved up the Yuba to The Forks, arriving in November of 1849. On this site, he built the first structure in Downiville and took residence on December 10, 1849. It has been . . . Map (db m60867) HM
37California, Sierra County, Downieville — Masonic Building
On Commercial Street (California Route 49) at Pearl Street, on the left when traveling east on Commercial Street.
The Mountain Shade Lodge No. 18 F. & A.M. received it’s charter on May 5, 1852. Prior to that date they operated under a dispensation. The Masons met originally in the Craycroft Building. Then erected their own building on this site in 1852. The . . . Map (db m44242) HM
38California, Sierra County, Downieville — Mountain Howitzers
On Galloway Street.
The Mountain Howitzer is a short barreled, large caliber cannon designed on such a small scale that the entire piece can be taken apart and carried on pack animals. Mountain Howitzers were mostly used on small skirmishes, scouting expeditions and . . . Map (db m101426) HM
39California, Sierra County, Downieville — 971 — Sierra County Sheriff’s Gallows
Near Courthouse Square near Calloway Street.
Sierra County Sheriff's GallowsOn November 27, 1885, 20 year-old James O’Neill was hanged from this gallows for the August 7, 1884 murder of Webber Lake dairyman John Woodward. That execution, conducted by Sheriff Samuel C. Stewart, . . . Map (db m57828) HM
40California, Sierra County, Downieville — Sierra County, California
Near Courthouse Square near Galloway Street.
California gained statehood on September 8, 1850. It did so comprised of 27 counties with this area a part of Yuba County. “The disadvantages of belonging to Yuba County were early felt; Marysville was too distant and a county government . . . Map (db m43846) HM
41California, Sierra County, Downieville — St. Charles Hotel
On Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Route 49), on the left when traveling east.
The original hotel was built in 1850. Destroyed by fire, February 19, 1852 and rebuilt by Thomas H. Clair, Proprietor. It also was destroyed by fire in 1864. F. A. Eschbacker, built a new St. Charles Hotel and operated it into the 1880’s, upon his . . . Map (db m43893) HM
42California, Sierra County, Downieville — The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy
On Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49).
In the Fall of 1853 a miner known as “Muntz” knifed and fatally wounded “Baltimore Jack” over a game of cards in Forest City. Muntz was taken to Downieville and held upstairs in the Craycroft Building for want of a jail. The . . . Map (db m88345) HM
43California, Sierra County, Goodyears Bar — Goodyears Bar
On Mountain House Road south of California Highway 49, on the right when traveling south.
Ancestrally, local streams and tributaries of the North Yuba River washed large quantities of gold searing sediments through this area, leaving very rich gravel banks or “bars”. In 1849, pioneers Miles and Andrew Goodyear and party . . . Map (db m44290) HM
44California, Sierra County, Goodyears Bar — Goodyears Bar Schoolhouse
On Old Toll Bridge Road east of Mountain House Road, on the left when traveling east.
This building was erected in early 1862 as a church and public meeting place. It was built from flume lumber floated down the river from Snake Bar. In the latter half of 1862 it was turned into a temple of learning. Mrs. Delany was the first teacher . . . Map (db m60314) HM
45California, Sierra County, Goodyears Bar — Mountain House
On Mountain House Road at Henness Pass Road, on the right when traveling north on Mountain House Road.
Near this point stood the locally famous inn built by Dan T. Cole in 1860. By 1890 the three-story roadhouse contained 16 lodging rooms, a dining and dance hall, bar, post office and telegraph station. A division point for the towns of Downieville, . . . Map (db m65960) HM
46California, Sierra County, Goodyears Bar — The St. Charles Hotel
On Mountain House Road west of Goodyears Creek Road, on the right when traveling south.
The St. Charles was erected in 1852 as a hotel by Mr. Hermseir. It was purchased in 1860 by Christina and Jacob Fluke, and burned in 1864. In that year, it was rebuilt to included (sic) a bar and upstairs dance hall. In 1899, Paul and . . . Map (db m60564) HM
47California, Sierra County, Loyalton — Loyalton
On Main Street at Second Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street.
The earliest settlers arrived in the Loyalton area in the late 1850s, where they stopped in the lush valley on their way to the Sacramento Valley. Founded in the 1850s as Smithneck, the community had raised a great amount of money for the Union . . . Map (db m66035) HM
48California, Sierra County, Sierra City — Busch & Heringlake Building
On Golden Chain Highway (State Highway 49) west of Spring Street, on the right when traveling south.
E Clampus Vitus laid the corner stone July 4, 1871. August C. Busch, partner in the Young America Mine, entrepreneur extraordinaire built the structure using Sierra City bricks. The three story building housed the Wells Fargo Express, Western Union, . . . Map (db m61190) HM
49California, Sierra County, Sierra City — Here Today – Gone Tomorrow49 Miles Along Highway 49
On Golden Chain Highway (California Route 49), on the right when traveling east.
You are standing on the Lagomarsino Ranch, part of the historic town of Loganville. From 1852 until the early part of the 20th century, the Keystone, Marguerite and Cleveland mines, located nearby, determined the fortunes of Loganville residents. . . . Map (db m65987) HM
50California, Sierra County, Sierra City — Memorial
Near Kentucky Mine Road, 0.1 miles west of Highway 49.
This monument is placed to honor the early Chinese people of Sierra County who gave so much of their labor to the settlement of the West and this Gold Country. Their contribution in the building of the many roads, railroads, walls, ditches, and . . . Map (db m21896) HM
51California, Sierra County, Sierra City — Miner’s Hotel
On Golden Chain Highway (State Highway 49) at Hayes Road, on the right when traveling north on Golden Chain Highway.
John G. Rose, Sr. built this hotel in 1886 and owned it until 1919. His son John then became proprietor until the middle of 1920s. The hotel was also known as the Capital Hotel and the Rose Hotel. Ernest Innes bought it and changed its name to the . . . Map (db m61122) HM
52California, Sierra County, Sierraville — Henness – Zumwalt Pass
Near Henness Pass Road, on the left when traveling west.
Opened in 1850 by Joseph Zumwalt who brought the ritual of E Clampus Vitus to California. A significant route to Sierra County gold camps and an important team road to the Comstock LodeMap (db m65992) HM
53California, Sierra County, Sierraville — Webber Lake Hotel
Near Henness Pass Road, on the left when traveling west.
Built in 1860 by Dr. David Gould Webber The last of 30 hostelries along the Historic Henness Pass RoadMap (db m65991) HM
54California, Sierra County, Sierraville — Welcome to Kyburz Flat
Near Henness Pass Road (County Route S450) 1 mile east of California Highway 89 when traveling north.
There are three interpretive sites here at Kyburz Flat. Take a moment to understand the people who lived here, how each used the environment in different ways, and the unique marks each left on the landscape. Visiting all three sites should take . . . Map (db m66039) HM
55California, Sierra County, Verdi, NV — T-24 — Truckee Trail - Rocky Ravine
On Henness Pass Road west of Sunrise Creek Road, on the right when traveling west.
"We took up the mountain side through a rough and rocky, but not very steep, ravine. Large pines, firs and cedars abound,...some of which are fully six feet through." - Isaac J. Wistar, Aug 17, 1849Map (db m148733) HM
 
 
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