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Downieville, California Historical Markers

 
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By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, August 25, 2017
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California (Sierra County), Downieville — Arrastra
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Cannon Point - California Volunteers Memorial
Dedicated To the memory of Company K ----------------- 6th Regiment California Volunteers May 27, 1863 – May 27, 1931 — Map (db m43848) HM
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Craycroft Building
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville Brewery
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville Cemetery
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville Foundry
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville Museum
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Downieville Veterans Memorial
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — First Catholic Church
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — First Protestant Church
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — HP-11 — Henness Pass Road - Downieville
"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, 1852 — Map (db m99645) HM
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Hirshfeldter Building
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — In Memory of Juanita
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Mackerman & Company Building
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Major William Downie Cabin Site
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Masonic Building
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Mountain Howitzers
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — 971 — Sierra County Sheriff’s Gallows
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — Sierra County, California
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — St. Charles Hotel
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
California (Sierra County), Downieville — The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy
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

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