Calaveras County Points of Interest
A marker on the front of the building reads:
Old Segale Building
Rebuilt in 1859 as a stone, fire-proof, grocery and provisions store by Vassallo & Co. In 1861 was the homestead of J.C. Green & Wife. By 1863 owned & operated as a bakery by B.M. Orengo & Ruiseco. It is said that the baker Ruiseco was shot to death by a gun he had rigged in his cash drawer, while getting change for a little girl's 5 dollar gold piece early one morning. Purchased in 1871 by Paul Segale & David Baratini. Paul & Rosa Segale raised 8 children here. Second youngest, Annie, owned it until her death at age 94. The Jim Riggs family purchased the building in 1978.
Dedicated July 19, 1992
Ruby Parlor No. 46
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Gold Rush Stonemasons
Mining camps started as clusters of tents and other makeshift shelters. If the mine was productive, wooden buildings were erected and a town was born.
Conflagrations were a recurring curse. Often entire town were repeatedly destroyed by fire. Stonemasons, especially Italian immigrants from Liguria, began building "fire proof" banks and stores of stone or brick with iron doors and iron window shutters to protect the contents from fire.
Many of these stone buildings survive. Some of them, such as the Butte Store, are the sole reminders of a lost mining town.
Some of these buildings are: