Wednesday, January 26, 2011

California Historical Landmark #142

Site of Studebaker's Shop
California State Historical Landmark #142

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This landmark is located at 543 Main Street, Placerville, California in El Dorado County. There are 29 other California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 43.765 W 120° 47.850.

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California Historical Landmark #142

This shop was built in the early 1850s. The front part housed a blacksmith shop operated by Ollis and Hinds, and John Mohler Studebaker rented a part of the rear. Here he had a bench and sort of woodworking shop where he repaired and worked on wagon wheels and the like. A little later he began to make wheelbarrows for the miners' use. He became engaged in the making of ammunition wagons for the Union Army - from that grew his extensive wagon and carriage business and, eventually, the automobile business.

California Historical Landmark #142

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