Saturday, December 06, 2008

California Historical Landmark #865

Jack and I spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving waymarking historical sites in Western Amador County in the rain. This was the eleventh of twenty-one places that we stopped.

Site of Pioneer Jewish Synagogue
California State Historical Landmark #865

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This landmark is located at the southeast corner of Church and Main Streets, Jackson, California in Amador County. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in Amador County. The GPS coordinates for the plaque are N 38° 21.069 W 120° 46.391.

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On September 18, 1857, Congregation B'nai Israel of Jackson dedicated on this site the first synagogue in the Mother Lode. High holy day worship continued until 1869 when the larger Masonic Hall was used to accommodate the congregation. The wooden structure then served as a schoolhouse until 1888. Relocated onto a nearby lot, it became a private dwelling, and was razed in 1948.


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