Lewis' Town/Lewiston

Lewis' Town/Lewiston (HM1221)

Location: Lewiston, CA 96052 Trinity County
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N 40° 42.463', W 122° 48.419'

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Forty-niner Thomas Palmer, bought Cephus Wood's property, known as "Old Tucker's Place," in 1850. In 1851, he built a ferry, a bridge, and numerous buildings. Palmer hired his adopted son, Benjamin Franklin Lewis to run his enterprises, known to many as Lewis' Bridge Estates, called Lewiston. Palmer died in 1853, leaving the entire 320 acres on the river including improvements, to B.F. Lewis. Lewis lost a lawsuit in February, 1855, to Palmer's former associates and was forced to sell out. In 1856, Lewis married an English woman named Mary, in Sacramento, CA. They had three children; Elvira, Frank P. and Renania. The Lewis' lived in many locations. Mary died in 1878, in Lakeview, Ore. The man who gave Lewiston its name was known to all as a solid citizen of upstanding character. B.F. Lewis died of natural causes Sept. 28, 1900, in The Dalles, Oregon.
HM NumberHM1221
Additional InformationVery limited cellular coverage in Lewiston proper.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown, National Register of Historic Places, Monument, Memorial, Home
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed2007
Placed ByFriends of the Old Lewiston Schoolhouse Library and Museum and E Clampus Virtus, Trinitarianus Chapter #62
Marker Condition
9 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 9:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
Directions InformationFrom State Route 299 (five miles west of Shasta County line/Buckhorn Summit), take Trinity Dam Blvd. turnoff 4 miles, left at Lew. Turnpike Road, go 1/8 mile into downtown area, large marker visible at waist level on the right side, at the Deadwood Road junction and before entering the Old Lewiston Bridge.
Location DescriptionCombined residential/business district, in lightly wooded area near the Trinity River, fully accessible on foot or by vehicle.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 516304 N 4506329
Decimal Degrees40.70771667, -122.80698333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.463', W 122° 48.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 27.7800" N, 122° 48' 25.1400" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)530
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 Deadwood Rd, Lewiston CA 96052, US
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NOTE: Address of marker should read "11 Deadwood Road." Also, Google Maps wrongly lists the cross street as "Lewiston Road", which should be corrected to "Lewiston Turnpike Road", as the former is a separate street entirely and the error will only confuse visitors.
Located at the junction of Deadwood Road and Lew. Turnpike Road in the downtown district, the heavy bronze marker is affixed to a very large boulder situated in an area fully accessible to both foot and vehicle traffic at street level. The nearby house (an historic building in its own right, but postdating Messrs. Lewis and Palmer) is on the same property of Tom Palmer's original homestead (long gone), and represents the proximate center of the Lewiston Historic District, which as a whole is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places. The landmark was part of the Lewiston Memorial Project sponsored by the two cited local service organizations starting in '07, and is a companion piece to the gravestone of town founder B. F. Lewis at the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles, Oregon, which itself was installed in 2012, thereby completing the longstanding project.

Sep 18, 2022 at 2:04am PDT by 96052

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