“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Upper Lake, California

Clickable Map of Lake 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> Lake County, CA (28) Colusa County, CA (16) Glenn County, CA (10) Mendocino County, CA (45) Napa County, CA (93) Sonoma County, CA (163) Yolo County, CA (65)  LakeCounty(28) Lake County (28)  ColusaCounty(16) Colusa County (16)  GlennCounty(10) Glenn County (10)  MendocinoCounty(45) Mendocino County (45)  NapaCounty(93) Napa County (93)  SonomaCounty(163) Sonoma County (163)  YoloCounty(65) Yolo County (65)
Lakeport is the county seat for Lake County
Upper Lake is in Lake County
      Lake County (28)  
      Colusa County (16)  
      Glenn County (10)  
      Mendocino County (45)  
      Napa County (93)  
      Sonoma County (163)  
      Yolo County (65)  
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1 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Bank of Upper Lake
Built in 1921 by J.A. Youngreen, the Bank of Upper Lake was a tribute to the prosperity of the area. This was a farming center with extensive cattle and sheep production. The Blue Lake bean developed here by Adolphus Mendenhall became the foundation . . . Map (db m140004) HM
2 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Bloody Island
Scene of a battle between U.S. soldiers under command of Captain Lyons and Indians under Chief Augustine, April 14th, 1850. Dedicated as an historical monument by the Native Sons of the Golden West May 20th, 1942 Map (db m1055) HM WM
3 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — 427 — Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti)
One-fourth mile west is the island called Bo-no-po-ti (Old Island), now Bloody Island. It was a place for native gatherings until May 15, 1850. On that date, a regiment of the 1st Dragoons of the U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Capt. Nathaniel Lyon and . . . Map (db m171748) HM
4 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Clear Lake Habitat
Freshwater Marsh A freshwater marsh once surrounded Bloody Island prior to land reclamation efforts that began in the late 19th century. Native plants within marshes around Clear Lake included tules (Scirpus acutus), rushes (Juncus sp.), . . . Map (db m143781) HM
5 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Diamond Match Lumber Co.
The original building was destroyed in the fire of 1924. Six months later the present building opened as a hardware store. It has the pressed concrete walls and pressed tin ceiling typical of fire measures taken when the town was rebuilt. As . . . Map (db m49116) HM
6 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Drug and Prescription Store
The building at 2424 Main Street was the home of R.G. Reynolds. The "Drug and Prescription Store" pictured here was approximately where the current post office is and belonged to the same Doc Reynolds and Godwin Scudamore. They might have had the . . . Map (db m139841) HM
7 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Harriet Lee Hammond Library
This redwood paneled craftsman style building was constructed in 1916. The architect was no less than the nephew of Henry Wordsworth Longfellow. Members of the community donated time and money to build the library. Most notable of the donators was . . . Map (db m48413) HM
8 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — League's Store
League's Store, destroyed in the fire of 1924, housed the beginnings of both the Odd Fellows Hall and the Harriet Lee Hammond Library. The post office moved here when the library opened in 1916. The Griner Brothers eventually built and relocated . . . Map (db m61079) HM
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9 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The Ice House
This site stared as a Meat Market in 1906, then became the Ice House. Ice was originally brought down from the "ice pond" in the hills and stored at the Ice House. Later it was manufactured here at the Ice Plant in 300 pound blocks that were . . . Map (db m49333) HM
10 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The IOOF Hall
The International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #241 established themselves in Upper Lake in 1876. The present structure was completed in 1898 at a cost for land and building of $3,109.02. This mutual aid society hosted numerous activities through the . . . Map (db m55398) HM
11 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The Livery Stable
This was one of three livery stables in Upper Lake in the 1880's. As far back as 1870, Upper Lake was the terminus of both the Cloverdale and Clearlake stage lines, bringing tourists to the famous mineral waters of Witter Springs, Saratoga Springs . . . Map (db m48989) HM
12 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The Old Gas Station
From three livery stables in the late 1800's to three gas stations in the 1900's, Upper Lake kept up with current modes of transportation. Greyhound bus had a depot in Upper Lake and there was at one time three car dealerships in town. There . . . Map (db m135524) HM
13 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The Pomo
Local Pomo groups fished and hunted waterfowl within marshes and adjacent waters. Hunting parties trapped waterfowl using large nets, while individual hunters used snares and slings. The Pomo used nets, brush dams, and basket traps to catch fish. . . . Map (db m143666) HM
14 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The Tallman Hotel
Sometime before 1874, Rufus Tallman and his wife Mary Ellen established the Tallman Hotel on this site. When it burnt down in 1895, they rebuilt. The name was changed to Riffe's Hotel when their daughter Winnyford and their son-in-law Hank Riffe . . . Map (db m49060) HM
15 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — The West Side of Main Street
From the late 1860's to the present day businesses have come and gone in Upper Lake. At the time of the 1924 fire the concrete building at 9449 Main was Doc Niderost's Home Pharmacy complete with soda fountain. It not only survived the fire . . . Map (db m136514) HM
16 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Upper LakeRecapturing Its Vibrant History
Since its humble beginnings, Upper Lake's strategic position drew an enterprising and hard working population. The town bustled with activity as the terminus for the Clear Lake and Cloverdale stage lines. Visitors to local resorts and hot springs . . . Map (db m140003) HM
17 California, Lake County, Upper Lake — Upper Lake Through Time Reported permanently removed
At the time of the first Spanish settlement in California in 1769, the native Pomo had inhabited Lake County for at least 10,000 years. When Mexico became independent of Spain in 1822, secularization af the Mission system provided rich land grants . . . Map (db m144283) HM
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Apr. 22, 2024