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Chester, California Historical Markers

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2012
"Dinky" Marker
California (Plumas County), Chester — "Dinky"
The “Dinky,” a narrow gauge locomotive, was discovered n May 1996 after 82 years at the bottom of Butt Lake. It was used during the 1910-1914 construction of the Almanor and Butt Lake Dams. An H.K. Porter engine, it is thought to be the . . . — Map (db m56745) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Baccala Ranch
Baccala Ranch located here in Soldier Meadows was homesteaded in 1858 by Baptiste Baccala. A dairy where butter and cheese were produced from 1882 – 1915, and the ranch, are still intact and owned by the Italian – Swiss Family Baccala. — Map (db m66115) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Cedar Chalet Bakery
The oldest operating bakery in Plumas County. Built by Carl Giese in 1955. This being the 50th anniversary. Bakery first ran by Mr. Murphy, first name unknown. The bakery located on corner of Hwy 36 & Old Hwy 89, formerly called Carl’s Corner. Owned . . . — Map (db m66114) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Char's Beauty Salon(Chester Bowl)
Built in the early 1900’s this building was originally a dance hall, owned by Jack Wardlow. In 1926 Leo Speegle bought it and in 1933 it became the Eastside Cafe. In 1945 it became a recreation center, known as the Chester Bowl. Around 1988 Char . . . — Map (db m56735) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Chester Library1928
Started in 1928 with land donated by Edith Martin. Logs given by Red River Lumber Co. were floated down the Feather River. It was erected in a few days in an old fashion barn raising in 1929, with the women feeding everyone. Chester had benefits for . . . — Map (db m56738) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Chester Veterans Memorial PlazaDedicated May 26, 2008
This marker is made up of three individual markers, one each for the Korean War, World War II and the Vietnam War. In memory of Plumas County Korean War Verterans who gave their lives in the “Forgotten War” They may have . . . — Map (db m66123) WM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Dave Stratford 1945 – 2001
This is dedicated to Dave Stratford & his contributions to the Emergency Medical Services, without which many lives would have been lost. For 22 years, Dave worked everything from the ambulance to the O.R., from EMT to Paramedic. He recruited many . . . — Map (db m56744) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Humbug Valley
These soda springs were used by the Maidu Indians since time immemorial. Gold mines were discovered here in 1850. Andrew Miller first saw the valley in 1849 and returned in 1850 to homestead, raise a family, build a store and hotel. Many homes and . . . — Map (db m66117) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — In Memory of the Lumberjack
They were fallers, buckers, swampers, barkers, skidders, snipers, doggers, greasers, bull punchers, skinners, hook tenders, choker setters, rigging slingers, high climbers, donkey men, whistle punks, river pigs, and more. Once they were lumberjacks, . . . — Map (db m56737) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Mt. Lassen Club
Built in 1911 by Judge Gay, it was the first grocery store between Susanville and Red Bluff. On May 27, 1932 Gordon Purdy turned it into a bar named the Mt. Lassen Club. Margaret and Lee Baker became the club’s owners in August of 1963. Now the . . . — Map (db m56736) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Olde Towne Corner Store
The “Chester Store”, now known as the Old Towne Corner Store was built in 1912 by George Olsen after he & his brothers subdivided the Olsen Ranch. It is one of the oldest buildings in Chester. It was purchased by Sue & Harry Isbell . . . — Map (db m56733) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Rainbow Lodge
Built in 1934 by Minnie Lee Vest, it was one of the first hotels on the Susanville – Red Bluff route. It is now owned by Dick McNeill and is the centerpiece of Rainbow Village. It served as a hotel for many years and is now home of “The . . . — Map (db m66084) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Soda Spring
Waters from this spring have been used for generations by the Mountain Maidu and local ranchers. The ground water here flows naturally through calcium carbonate rocks, creating a characteristic fizz or soda taste. Such waters have long been . . . — Map (db m66118) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Stump Ranch
Stump Ranch, a stage stop on the Red Bluff – Susanville Wagon Road, was also the road’s caretaker. It may have changed hands in an 1890’s poker game. The name arose after 1880’s logging left a field of stumps. So it could be recorded as swamp . . . — Map (db m56746) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Tasman Koyom
You are in the historic homeland of the Mountain Maidu people, where their spirits still linger to guard sacred sites in this pristine valley... where they lived free for thousands of years... their paradise. — Map (db m66116) HM

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