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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Yuba County, California

Clickable Map of Yuba County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Yuba County, CA (46) Butte County, CA (83) Nevada County, CA (218) Placer County, CA (209) Plumas County, CA (119) Sierra County, CA (55) Sutter County, CA (10)  YubaCounty(46) Yuba County (46)  ButteCounty(83) Butte County (83)  NevadaCounty(218) Nevada County (218)  PlacerCounty(209) Placer County (209)  PlumasCounty(119) Plumas County (119)  SierraCounty(55) Sierra County (55)  SutterCounty(10) Sutter County (10)
Marysville is the county seat for Yuba County
Adjacent to Yuba County, California
      Butte County (83)  
      Nevada County (218)  
      Placer County (209)  
      Plumas County (119)  
      Sierra County (55)  
      Sutter County (10)  
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1California, Yuba County, Arboga — 934 — Arboga Assembly Center
On Broadway Street, 0.2 miles east of Feather River Boulevard, on the left when traveling east.
This is the site of Arboga, where 2,465 Japanese Americans forced from their homes in Placer and Sacramento counties were incarcerated from May 8 to June 29, 1942, by the United States Government. Four months prior, on February 19, 1942, . . . Map (db m165427) HM WM
2California, Yuba County, Arboga — Marysville Migrant Labor Campsite
On Broadway Street at Feather River Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Broadway Street.
Marysville Migrant Labor Campsite 1935 – 1937. Arboga Japanese Relocation Center April 16, 1942 - June 29, 1942. ← Map (db m165428) HM
3California, Yuba County, Browns Valley — Browns Valley: 1850 – 1860
On Marysville Road, 1 mile north of California Highway 20.
Browns Valley was an early stage stop and mining town sporting 5 hotels and 24 saloons. Freight wagons and mule trains loaded with supplies came up from Marysville with enormous loads of supplies destined for the mines and lumber camps in the high . . . Map (db m40153) HM
4California, Yuba County, Browns Valley — Brown's Valley: Beginnings
On Marysville Road, 1 mile north of California Highway 20, on the right when traveling north.
Maidu Indians had made this valley their home for generations until gold was discovered on the Yuba River, June 2, 1848, by Jonas Spect disrupting their way of life forever. Miners flocked to the area, mining up and down the banks of the Yuba. In . . . Map (db m40159) HM
5California, Yuba County, Browns Valley — Donnebrouge Mine1863
On Marysville Road, 1 mile north of Browns Valley Road (California Highway 20), on the left when traveling north.
Beyond this marker, the "head frame" for the mine still stands while most of the other structures were destroyed over time. Extensive vertical shafts or "winzes" are honey-combed throughout the area, some of which are reportedly as deep as 1700 . . . Map (db m54217) HM
6California, Yuba County, Browns Valley — Hammon Grove
Near Browns Valley Highway (State Highway 20) 0.8 miles east of Marysville Road, on the right when traveling east.
Donated to Yuba County, and opened in July 1928, this park is but a tiny remnant of the 10,000+ acres controlled by Wendell P. Hammon’s Dredging companies. He arrived in California in 1875 and by 1902 had developed the incredible machinery needed to . . . Map (db m40191) HM
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7California, Yuba County, Browns Valley — 320 — Timbuctoo← 5 Miles
On California Route 20, 0.2 miles east of Monument Trail, on the right when traveling east. Reported permanently removed.
1855. Largest town in eastern Yuba County, and at height of its prosperity contained a church, theater, stores, hotels, and saloons. Old Wells Fargo Office and Stewart Bros.; Store restored, 1928, and dedicated to pioneer men and women of Timbuctoo.Map (db m154367) HM
8California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Acton Meek ClevelandAug. 4, 1900 - Nov. 12, 1989
On Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Grandson of William Bull Meek; like his illustrious grandfather, Acton Cleveland served Camptonville very well over his lifetime. He operated the Meek Mercantile Store, became a Judge of the District Court, was a Deputy County Assessor, Post Office . . . Map (db m39816) HM
9California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir
On Vista Point Road just north of Marysville Road, on the left when traveling north.
The Yuba County Water Agency completed this dam in 1969. It was built under the Federal Power Commission license No. 2246 to provide electrical power, irrigation, recreation and flood control at a cost of $180,000,000. Located on the Tahoe and . . . Map (db m146242) HM
10California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Capt. Brown House
On Cleveland Avenue east of School Street.
This 1854 A.J. Downing designed "Carpenters Gothic" is among the earliest such wood frame structures in the state. Built by Josiah Prentiss Brown, miner, 49er, local banker, multi-term state legislator and Commander of the Yuba Light Infantry, Co. . . . Map (db m39811) HM
11California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Lester Allen Pelton
On Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
On this spot in 1878 Lester Allen Pelton Invented the Pelton Water WheelMap (db m39820) HM
12California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Marysville to Virginia City in 32 Hours49 Miles Along Highway 49
On Alleghany Ridge Road at Highway 49, on the right when traveling north on Alleghany Ridge Road.
In 1859 the rich Comstock Silver Lode was discovered in Washoe Territory, Nevada, causing many miners to quickly pack up and head east. Immediately a company was formed to construct a road connecting this area of California to the Comstock finds. . . . Map (db m65968) HM
13California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Mountain Range Lodge No. 18, F. & A. M.1854 - 2004
Near Cleveland Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
Gravel Range Lodge No. 59 was granted dispensation on June 29, 1854. The charter was granted May 4, 1855. There was an original membership of 28 members. The first meetings were held over a store, which was later destroyed by fire. There were three . . . Map (db m61604) HM
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14California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
On Alleghany Ridge Road.
Built in 1860, the Oregon Creek Covered Bridge was floated from its foundations by the flood waters from the breaking of English Dam in 1883. It was restored to place by using ox teams and log rollers, but turned end for end in the process.Map (db m65967) HM
15California, Yuba County, Camptonville — Robert Campton
On Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
. . . Map (db m39817) HM
16California, Yuba County, Camptonville — William Bull MeekDec. 25, 1858 - Jan. 23, 1936
Near Spencer Street east of Pike City Road.
Here lies a Clamper, and the namesake of Chapter 10, E Clampus Vitus; a long time resident of Camptonville, and pillar of community. The chapter bearing his name was instituted on the second day of April in the year of our Clampatriarch Adam & of . . . Map (db m39810) HM
17California, Yuba County, Camptonville — William Bull Meek / ECV Redivivus-1932
On Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
[ Upper Plaque: ] To Clampatriarch William Bull Meek Stage Driver - Wells Fargo Agent - Mule Skinner - Treasurer - Merchant May 6, 1956 [ Center Plaque: ] ECV Redivivus 1932 First Grand Council pilgrimage. . . . Map (db m39819) HM
18California, Yuba County, Challenge — Woodleaf Hotel
On La Porte Road at Fiedler Lane, on the left when traveling east on La Porte Road.
Built in 1858 by Joseph Wood using brick made on the site with native clay. The graceful style of architecture is unique in this region of California. The hotel was a favorite stage stop for wealthy ranchers. Mining and lumber men, President Ulysses . . . Map (db m65882) HM
19California, Yuba County, Dobbins — Dobbins
On Old Dobbins Road, on the right when traveling west.
Founded by Dobbins brothers in 1849. Site of hotel and store that was a celebrated trading point in pioneer days. Site of many early day power companies that were a source of electric power for a wide area.Map (db m54510) HM
20California, Yuba County, Loma Rica — 139-5 — Loma Rica Grange Hall #802
On Loma Rica Road at Summit Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Loma Rica Road.
The National Grange of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry is a fraternal organization that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture and was founded in 1867. Loma Rica . . . Map (db m93917) HM
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21California, Yuba County, Marysville — B-50 — Beckwourth Trail – Marysville
On D Street at 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on D Street.
“Started for Marysville with good road at noon... hitched up and plodded on our dusty road to Marysville, where we arrived at 4 o’clock. This is a busy little place, but they had just had quite an extensive fire” – William . . . Map (db m113874) HM
22California, Yuba County, Marysville — 889 — Bok Kai Temple
Near First Street at D. Street.
Dedicated March 21, 1880, this building replaced the first temple built nearby in the early 1850s. It has been a Chinese community project since 1866, serving as a meeting hall, court, school, and place of worship. In this 'Palace of Many Saints,' . . . Map (db m11758) HM
23California, Yuba County, Marysville — Chinese Rock Wall
Near D Street at 1st Street.
The close proximity of the gold mines and the railroad construction contributed to Marysville’s large Chinese population in the mid to late 1880’s. When those activities diminished, the Chinese worked in various occupations, many as laborers . . . Map (db m65965) HM
24California, Yuba County, Marysville — Davis HotelLocal Historical Site
On 1st Street west of D Street.
A rooming house and a brothel until the late 1960’s owned an operated by Anne Davis A great lady of the community and a generous donor to those in need.Map (db m40148) HM
25California, Yuba County, Marysville — Ellis Lake
On "D" Street, on the right when traveling north.
Beautiful Ellis Lake and scenic surroundings were made possible through the foresight and enterprise of W. T. Ellis This plaque presented in honor of 65 years of Public service on the 87th birthday of W.T. Ellis, 3-17-53, by . . . Map (db m17742) HM
26California, Yuba County, Marysville — First Yuba County Courthouse
On D Street at 6th Street, on the right when traveling north on D Street.
First Yuba County Courthouse 1855 – 1962Map (db m54224) HM
27California, Yuba County, Marysville — Historical Marysville City CemeteryEstablished – 1850
Near B Street (California Route 70), on the right when traveling north.
First city-owned cemetery West of the RockiesMap (db m65872) HM
28California, Yuba County, Marysville — Historical Monument of Macy’s
On D Street at 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on D Street.
First general merchandise store established 1850-1852 by Charles and Roland Macy “Located 210 feet due west of this monument”Map (db m61499) HM
29California, Yuba County, Marysville — José Manuel Ramírez Rosales
On 5th Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Chilean Community of Northern California and the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco present this plaque in honor of José Manuel Ramírez Rosales A Chilean 49er, pioneer, artist, visionary and co-founder of the City of . . . Map (db m55758) HM
30California, Yuba County, Marysville — Lord Sholto Douglas
On 1st Street at D Street, on the right when traveling east on 1st Street.
Within these walls, on Jan. 22, 1896, Lord Sholto Douglas, theatrical entrepreneur, and son of the Marquis of Queensbury of Pugilistic fame, was initiated into the mysteries of ECV. Though Douglas went on to riches, subsequent publicity of his . . . Map (db m40152) HM
31California, Yuba County, Marysville — Marysville City Cemetery
Near B Street (California Route 70), on the left when traveling south.
The Marysville Cemetery was founded in 1850 and is the final resting place for numerous personages of national, state and local historical significance. On May 19, 1994 the State Historical Resource Commission declared the Marysville City . . . Map (db m65870) HM
32California, Yuba County, Marysville — Marysville Hebrew Cemetery1855 – 1945
Near B Street (California Route 70), on the right when traveling south.
Founded by the Marysville Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1853 to provide “...relief to the poor, needy, sick and the burial of the Jewish persuasion in Marysville and the vicinity.” The cemetery was originally described as “One . . . Map (db m65871) HM
33California, Yuba County, Marysville — Mission Building
On First Street at Oak Street, on the left when traveling east on First Street.
Built at the turn of the 19th Century, originally stood as a stable. Converted to a saloon in the early 1900's, it was also known as a "social club", frequented by ladies of the evening. During the last 40 years it has served as the Twin Cities . . . Map (db m54223) HM
34California, Yuba County, Marysville — New Mecklenberg
On 1st Street at D Street, on the right when traveling east on 1st Street.
The land on which Marysville was founded originally was leased in 1842 to Theodore Cordua a Prussian emigrant, by John A. Sutter. Named for his homeland, Cordua established a trading post and stock ranch on the Calif.-Oregon Trail to serve . . . Map (db m40146) HM
35California, Yuba County, Marysville — River Pumps
Near 11th Street.
In 1895 pumps were installed at the confluence of the Yuba and Feather Rivers to protect the City of Marysville from the danger of flooding. These pumps with a capacity to pump 18,265 gallons per minute, helped to keep Marysville dry during the . . . Map (db m17741) HM
36California, Yuba County, Marysville — Yuba County Veterans Memorial
On 5th Street, on the right when traveling west.
We as a community have committed ourselves to honor our Veterans…the living and the dead. We must embrace the fact that we are the benefactors of their sacrifices. We must also remember to honor the Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice . . . Map (db m40196) WM
37California, Yuba County, Smartsville — YUB-12 — Church of the Immaculate ConceptionState of California Point of Historical Interest: Yub-12
On Smartville Road, 0.6 miles north of California Highway 20, on the right when traveling west.
Erected 1850, the original structure was destroyed by fire in 1870, and rebuilt in 1871 by the citizens of Smartsville on the original foundation. At one time this church served 800 parishioners, mostly Irish Catholics employed at the Smartsville . . . Map (db m39828) HM
38California, Yuba County, Smartsville — Edward James McGanney
Near Smartville Road, on the right when traveling west.
Born Oct. 31, 1891. Killed in action in the Argonne, France Oct. 5th, 1918 He died that others might liveMap (db m39872) HM
39California, Yuba County, Wheatland — Camp Far West Cemetery
Near Camp Far West Road south of Spenceville Road/Camp Beale Highway. Reported missing.
[ Inscribed on the monument: ] Side A: To the Memory of the Pioneers who were buried here between the years 1844 – 1856 Side B: Erected 1911 By the Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West [ . . . Map (db m40633) HM
40California, Yuba County, Wheatland — Chinese Pyre
Chinese Pyre was used by the Wheatland Chinese Community during the 1870s – 1890s for funeral ceremonies. The pyre was used to burn precious paper believed to release the spirit to go on . Rebuilt in 1978 by the Wheatland . . . Map (db m17715) HM
41California, Yuba County, Wheatland — 1003 — Durst Hop RanchSite of Wheatland Hop Riot — August 3, 1913 —
On 6th Street at South A Street, on the right when traveling east on 6th Street.
Second major labor dispute in the U.S.A. Initiated by the I.W.W. Labor movement.Map (db m57628) HM
42California, Yuba County, Wheatland — Holland House
On Main Street near D Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built 1869 & Restored 1997 Oldest continuously occupied home in WheatlandMap (db m17145) HM
43California, Yuba County, Wheatland — 493 — Johnson's Ranch
On Front Street, on the right when traveling south.
The first settlement reached in California by emigrant trains using the Emigrant (“Donner”) Trail. It was an original part of the 1844 Don Pablo Gutierrez Land Grant. It was sold at auction to William Johnson in 1854. In 1849 part of the . . . Map (db m10528) HM
44California, Yuba County, Wheatland — 799-3 — Overland Emigrant Trail
On Spenceville Road, 3 miles east of California Highway 65, on the right when traveling east.
Approximately 1 ¼ miles east of this site is the historic Johnson’s Crossing. This was the first settlement reached west of the Sierra and the last stop on the Overland Emigrant Trail. Used as a camping spot for the pioneers, departure spot for the . . . Map (db m149192) HM
45California, Yuba County, Wheatland — The Graham Hotel
On Camp Far West Road, on the left when traveling south.
The Graham Hotel was built in 1853 by Williamson Graham on the Bear River north of Wire Bridge. It was strategically located on the stage route from Sacramento to Nevada City by way of Johnsons Crossing and Round Tent. A store was soon built . . . Map (db m40813) HM
46California, Yuba County, Wheatland — T-69 — Truckee Trail – To Johnson Ranch
On Camp Far West Road, on the left when traveling south.
”with practically no food for man or beast, and by bringing all the energy and courage which both men and beast possessed,…we succeeded in…reaching the first, or Johnston’s settlement.” -Benjamin Hoffman, Sep 1, 1849Map (db m40842) HM
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Feb. 6, 2023