Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Nevada County

Old Stone Garage in Truckee 30 August 2014
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Old Stone Garage
10070 Bridge Street
Built 1909

A marker mounted on the front of the building reads:

Truckee's Old Stone Garage
And Site of Town's First Dwelling

In 1863, Joseph Gray built Truckee's first structure on this site for use as the Dutch Flat-Donner Lake Wagon Road's Toll Station. The old log structure was moved in 1907 to the Englehart property on Church Street, one block east of this site, where it still stands and the brethren of ECV dedicated a plaque in 1965. In 1909, D. J. Smith, with the help of European-trained stone masons, constructed the present building for use as a livery and garage.

Dedicated August 12, 1972
Rededicated July 4, 1981
Chief Truckee Chapter 3691
E Clampus Vitus

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:

Butte Store in Amador County
Calabozo in Hornitos
Civil War Armory in Georgetown
Compere Store in Murphys
Downieville Museum in Downieville

Fountain & Tallman Soda Works in Placerville
Gamble Building in Big Oak Flat
Hirshfeldter Building in Downieville
Honigsberger Store in Copperopolis
Italian Store in Douglas Flat

Kohler Store in Washington
Mackerman & Company Building in Downieville
Masonic Lodge in Columbia
Masonic Lodge in Hornitos
Nevada Brewery in Nevada City

Nevada Theatre in Nevada City
Odd Fellows Hall in Big Oak Flat
Old Segale Building in Murphys
Old Stone Garage in Truckee
Plymouth Trading Post in Plymouth

Pearson Soda Works in Placerville
Sam Choy Store in Angels Camp
Stage Stop in La Grange
Valente Building in Murphys
Watts & Tannahill Company Store in Groveland

Wells Fargo Bank and Stage Stop in Georgetown
Wells Fargo Express in Chinese Camp
Wells Fargo Express in French Corral
Wells Fargo & Company in North San Juan

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