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Sonora, California Historical Markers

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2012
A Portal of the Past Marker
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — A Portal of the PastSonora Chinatown
This monument is dedicated to the memory of the Chinese Pioneers who for years made this section their home. It was a city within a city whose residents were isolated from their surrounding neighbors by a barrier of language, custom and religion. . . . — Map (db m53333) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Bonanza MineKing of the Pocket Mines
Discovered 1851, by Chileans, they took out a substantial amount of free gold. Early 1870's acquired by James Divoll, Charles Clark, and Joseph Bray, sinking a shaft 1500 ft. in 1877. Big strike came in 1879, 990 lbs. of gold was removed in one . . . — Map (db m7565) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — City Hotel
Built in 1852 by Alonzo Green and James Lane, the City Hotel was constructed of adobe, slate and brick. A family hotel, there was a saloon, billard [sic] and dining room on the first floor, with private rooms and parlors upstairs. Originally . . . — Map (db m53328) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Emigrant Trail Terminus
Sonora was the goal of many emigrants traveling the various overland and sea routes. The 1852 Clark-Skidmore Party of emigrants from Elizabethtown, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Indiana struggled to force a wagon train up the Walker River and over the . . . — Map (db m7566) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — First Home of Wells Fargo & Company in Sonora
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California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — First Two-Story House in Sonora
Built 1850, by Dr. Lewis C. Gunn, '49er physician, druggist, educator, county recorder, publisher "Sonora Herald" and promoter of many civic enterprises. Home of Dr. Gunn's family 1851-1861. County Recorder's Office 1850-1852. Printing office . . . — Map (db m51564) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Jacob Richard Stoker1820-1893 — Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
“His heart was finer metal than any gold his shovel ever brought to light”. Gallant Mex. War veteran fought in principal battles. Came California, ’49, Jackass Hill, ’50. Built famous cabin, intimately associated there with Mark Twain . . . — Map (db m53330) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Jedediah Strong Smith
Through this region passed In May, 1827 Jedediah Strong Smith and his mountain men. The first recorded crossing of the Sierra Nevada by white men. — Map (db m31922) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Original Site of the Sonora DailyVol. 1 to 20 Oct. 10, 1938 to July 1, 1958 No, 1 to 6104
First issue published Oct.10, 1938 and last issue published June 30, 1958. Incorporated in The Union Democrat on July 1, 1958. First offset-lithographic newspaper adjudicated by the California Supreme Court, April 15, 1950. Admitted to the . . . — Map (db m53329) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — 6007 — Rother's Corner
The corner property was originally called Patrick’s Corner, after George Washington Patrick, an early settler of Sonora and one of its first mayors. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Patrick left Sonora to volunteer his services to the . . . — Map (db m6968) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — 395 — Shaw’s Flat — Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
In 1850 this community was alive with gold miners. James D. Fair, after whom the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is named, was one of the most notable. The Mississippi House, built in 1850, contains many relics including the original bar and . . . — Map (db m6811) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Site of the First Office of The Union Democrat
Established in July, 1854, the pioneer newspaper was published at this location continuously until 1954. First publisher was Albert N. Francisco followed by a colorful group of editors that included Prentice Milford, John and Ferdinand Van . . . — Map (db m31909) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Site of the Sonora Plaza Well1848
First public water well in the city of Sonora and located on the perimeter of the early day plaza that was established by the Mexican immigrants as Sonora Camp. The well has its source in a spring underground at the northwest corner of the Bank of . . . — Map (db m53261) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — SonoraMark Twain Bret Harte Trail
“Queen of the Southern Mines”, settled 1848 by Mexicans from Sonora, Mexico. City government established 1849. “Sonora Herald”, first newspaper in California mines, established July 4, 1950. Single copy, fifty cents; yearly, . . . — Map (db m32021) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sonora Fountain
The Sonora Fountain was first erected in 1904 in the center of Washington Street, 75 feet northerly of its present location. Cast in an East Coast foundry, it was purchased by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and used for many years as a . . . — Map (db m32018) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sonora Inn
The Sonora Inn, originally the Hotel Victoria, is comprised of two buildings. The northern structure is stone and the southern is wood. G.B. Ventre and Philip Cavalero began construction on the stone building in 1895. Before its completion the . . . — Map (db m51557) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sonora IOOF Lodge No. 10
Organized June 7, 1853 Two members serve as Grand Master Building erected 1850 Remodeled twice — Map (db m51565) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sonora Opera Hall
James Divoll and Joseph Bray, owners of the Bonanza mine constructed the Star Flouring Mills on this site in 1879. In August 1885 the mill burned, leaving the stone and brick walls. From the ruins they built the Opera Hall. The Hall was only active . . . — Map (db m31926) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Stockton Road and the Shay Engine
For many years Stockton Road has been the main western entrance to Sonora. Originally it turned into a very narrow street at Bradford Street, and traffic would then continue into the City on Bradford. This Shay engine was built by Lima . . . — Map (db m31996) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sugg House
In 1857, William Sugg, a freed slave, built this three-room brick-faced adobe house. The adobe blocks were made in the front yard. The walls are up to 18 inches thick. A wood frame kitchen was at the rear. As Sugg’s family eventually grew to 11 . . . — Map (db m31861) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Tuolumne County Albert N. Francisco Building
Constructed April 1981 – August 1982 Dedicated to the Citizens of Tuolumne County The Board of Supervisors Clyde D. May – Chairman Mildred Filiberti • Sidney H. Hatler • Steven C. Szalay • Billy H. Marr • William C. Davidson . . . — Map (db m32012) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — 01-1971 — Tuolumne County Courthouse1898
In 1854, Tuolumne County’s first courthouse was erected on this site donated to the county by John and Israel P. Yaney. The cornerstone of the present courthouse, which replaced it, was dedicated September 26, 1898, at ceremonies held under the . . . — Map (db m51574) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — 3 — Tuolumne County Jail1857 – 1960
Following a Grand Jury indictment terming the current county jail a “public nuisance,” this site was acquired by the Board of Supervisors and a new jail constructed in 1857. The original building burned on December 20, 1865, taking the . . . — Map (db m31923) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Veterans Memorial BuildingDedicated 1933 — Tuolumne County War Memorials
[ First Marker - See Photo #1 ] Veterans Memorial Building American Legion Post 58 & Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3154 & Auxiliary Disabled American Veterans Chapter 119 & . . . — Map (db m31933) HM
California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — -Yo- Semite House
This building first used by Fred Freund, cabinet maker, upholsterer, undertaker in 1858. Prior to the 90’s, it was known as the Yosemite Hotel – later changed to the Yo–Semite House. It has been a hotel, hardware store, general store and . . . — Map (db m31891) HM

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