National Register of Historic Places in Placer County

Dutch Flat Hotel 26 February 2008
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National Register #73000419
Dutch Flat Historic District
Main and Stockton Streets
Dutch Flat
Founded 1851

Dutch Flat was originally called Dutch Charlie's Flat after Charles Dornbach, one of two German brothers who settled here in 1851.

Dutch is a common corruption of Deutsch, as in the Pennsylvania Dutch, who emigrated from Germany, not from the Netherlands.

In his book, California Place Names, Erwin Gudde notes that California has almost one hundred places with Dutch in their names, but only two with German.

In his 1857 book, Three Years in California, John David Borthwick, a Scottish artist and gold prospector, wrote: " French, English and 'Eyetalians,' are in California classed under the general denomination of Dutchmen."

The entire town of Dutch Flat, which is also California Historical Landmark 397, shows classic Gold Rush architecture.

In addition to the historic buildings listed below, there are forty-five woodframe houses built before 1900. All are on their original sites and little altered.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Dutch Flat Hotel1852A01Dutch Flat Hotel
General Store1854A02General Store
Clay Lodge Masonic Hall1856A03Clay Lodge Masonic Hall
Olive IOOF Lodge1858A04Olive IOOF Lodge
Dutch Flat Methodist-Episcopal Church1859A05Dutch Flat Methodist-Episcopal Church
Dutch Flat School House1899A06Dutch Flat School House
Adobe BuildingA07Adobe Building
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