"Stone House"

"Stone House" (HMOLR)

Location: Placerville, CA 95667 El Dorado County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 43.614', W 120° 48.077'

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Circa 1865

The last remaining building
of the Gold Rush era Chinese community
in Old Hangtown

Stone House is famous
for its historical significance
as an old Chinese brothel

Restored by
John R. Berry - Attorney at Law
Architectural and design by
Caywood, Nopp, Ward & Associates
Placed ByThe Family and Friends of John R. Berry 1945 – 1975
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 691130 N 4288766
Decimal Degrees38.72690000, -120.80128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.614', W 120° 48.077'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 36.84" N, 120° 48' 4.62" W
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Area Code(s)530, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 841 Pacific St, Placerville CA 95667, US
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  1. I have not seen this site but there are images available on the internet. Just Google "Stone House" Placerville, California. The term "Stone House" seems to be an accepted address although sometimes given as 841 Pacific Street. As the story goes in the 19th Century during the 1849 California Gold Rush or perhaps a few decades later it served as a Chinese brothel. A tunnel was dug between Stone House and the building at 352 Main Street in Placerville. There seem to be variations as to how the tunnel was used, 1) to let miners escape when their wives learned about their spousal extracurricular activities, and 2) that girls were brought through the tunnel to specific hotels on Main Street. There may be other versions. The building was renovated in the mid-20th Century by the late attorney John Berry. A small nickel size brass token exists manufactured about 1910-20, stating "Go to Ma's, Stone House, Placerville." So far the name "Ma" is either a Chinese family name or something like "Ma's Home Cooking." No elucidations have been forthcoming so far.

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