National Register of Historic Places in Siskiyou County

National Register #72000258: West Miner Street Historic District in Yreka, California West Miner Street Historic District
20 February 2011
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National Register #72000258
West Miner Street Historic District

The West Miner Street Historic District which covers 164 acres and contains seven contributing buildings is also California Historical Landmark 901.

Descriptions of the buildings pictured here are taken from interpretive plaques mounted on the buildings.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Chamberlain-Stimmel Building1856400-402 West MinerMiner 400Chamberlain-Stimmel Building
Charles Fry Home1899216 Third Street 03 216Charles Fry Home
Franco American Hotel1855306-316 West MinerMiner 306Franco American Hotel
Judge Rosborough Home1861301 Third Street 03 301Judge Rosborough Home
Peters & DeWitt Building1897330-332 West MinerElks ClubMiner 330Peters & DeWitt Building
Robert Nixon, Jr. Home1867325 Third Street 03 325Robert Nixon, Jr. Home
Guilbert Building1900216 West MinerGilbert BuildingMiner 216Guilbert Building
West Miner Street Historic District in Yreka, California: Chamberlain-Stimmel Building
20 February 2011
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Chamberlain-Stimmel Building

H. E. Stimmel, a German native, purchased this building from William Chamberlain in 1856, and promptly opened a stove shop. Initially selling parlor and cooking stoves, he gradually expanded his inventory and turned the business into a general hardware store. Shortly after the turn of the century, Mr. Stimmel passed on. The building was sold, renovated with a glass and iron front, and became a grocery, confectionary, and fruit store. Upstairs provided space for the News, a competitive newspaper. In more recent years the building housed a bakery, mortuary, art gallery, and clothing store. Note the tin ceiling that has been restored and meticulously painted.

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West Miner Street Historic District in Yreka, California: Franco American Hotel Building
20 February 2011
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Franco American Hotel Building

From a narrow, two story brick house in the 1850s, to an expansive hotel with 167 foot frontage, the Franco American Hotel became one of the largest and finest inns in Northern California. Started by the Frenchman Leon Marniesse in 1855, the hotel housed a restaurant, Wells Fargo & Company Express Office, saloon and other businesses, and was a well-known stage stop. Through the years improvements consisted of a "piazza" or balcony across the front, additional suites of sleeping rooms upstairs and a two-story brick dining room. Among prominent guest were Vice President Colfax, General & Mrs. Philip Sheridan and President Hayes.

Donated by E Clampus Vitus, Humbug Chapter No. 73

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California Historical Landmark 901: Yreka in Siskiyou County
20 February 2011
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Guilbert Building
(Siskiyou County Bank Building)

The Italianate-style building was put up after the fire of 1871 burned an earlier 1850s structure. Rebuilt in brick, the rear was used as a soda factory while the front became an auction house and later a space for county fair exhibits. The building's banking tradition began in 1886 when the Siskiyou County Bank and Wells Fargo & Company Express Agency moved in. In 1899, a totally remodeled building with the addition of a second floor was eventually leased for law offices which conducted business until 1968. The Miner Street level housed numerous banking operations until the last, Bank of America, vacated in 1955.

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West Miner Street Historic District in Yreka, California: Peters & DeWitt Building
20 February 2011
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Peters & DeWitt Building

330 West Miner

Two buildings rested on this site in the 1850s, one a brewery and the other a bakery that advertised 12 loaves of bread for $1.00. Fire broke out in the bakery in 1864 destroying all of its contents and much of the surrounding structures. The brewery, however, reopened a week later. Other businesses, including a photographic studio, opened and closed until 1897 when Godfrey Peters and Robert DeWitt constructed a new two-story Richardsonian Romanesque-inspired brick and stone building on the lot. DeWitt's Bee Hive grocery store moved in the downstairs corner while the upper story served as the Knights of Pythias lodge and several dentists' parlors. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks bought the building in 1960.

332 West Miner

Godfrey Peters converted the east half of this building into a theater in 1904. The Peter's Opera House, complete with sloped floor, stage and two balconies, opened to a packed house with the showing of a five-act play. A bandstand was built over th sidewalk for outdoor music and a speaker forum. The Home Market purchased the theater in 1946 and renovated it to expand their grocery business. When the Elks purchased the building in 1960, this half of the downstairs was remodeled into a banquest hall.

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