Our History

Originally 3 lots with 3 separate stores. Louis Alexander and William Kote own the middle lot and have general provisions, William Grosse has a tobacco shop in the north section and Joel Levy owns the south lot.

1851 One of the State Street lots has a Chinese Restaurant next to Joel Levy's.(E1:16:4)

1852 December 31 - Chinese Restaurant, Solomon Samson & Co. - Mortgage to W. Bancock. (Block 3A, Lot 44).

1854 July 10 - "A fire broke out this morning, about 2 o'clock, on Broadway, two doors from Clark's Hotel, in the town of Columbia, and resulted in the almost total destruction of the town. All the property within the territory bounded by Broadway, Fulton, State and Washington streets, is entirely consumed, except the fire-proof building of Donald & Parson." - Sonora newspaper.

1854 July - Alexander and Kote sell to Mrs. Rosa Levy (wife of Joel). After the fire, she rebuilds of wood. Meiss and Lippman open a clothing store.

1857 August - Burned down again. The lots are leased to Isaac Shotwell who puts one wood frame building across the lots.

1857 November - Meiss and Lippman re-open their store in the north corner with clothes, cigars and tobacco.

1858 Gus Sturzenegger opens a saloon after Meiss and Lippman leave.

1859 Clarke and Tucker open a newspaper and book depot in the north section.

1859 June - Clarke continues the news and adds a billiard and reading room while Tucker takes over Sturzenegger's saloon.

1860 Robert H. Towle opens a book store after Clarke leaves.

1861 Henry Decker succeeds Tucker in the saloon.

1862 C. P. Doubleday opens a butcher shop. Towle advertises as a watchmaker and jeweler.

1866 The building is torn down and the site mined.

1870 By this time, H. Kluber has a saloon on the site.

1871 August - J. (Joel) Levy still owns Block 16, Lot 221. (The corner where the Columbia House still stands.) - Deputy County Surveyor map by John P. Dart

1872 John Decker puts up a small frame building which is occupied by Ludwig Schwarz shoe repair.

1879 Somehow Shine owns the lot and sells to Henry Kluber, the Justice of the Peace, who moves Schwarz out, moves the building to the corner, remodels it and then Ed. Elias moves in with a variety store and telegraph office. Kluber builds a handsome saloon on the site.

1881 H. Kruse acquires the property after Kluber's death.

1883 Elias moves out.


© Columbia State Historic Park.
Kruse Saloon - 1891

1890 Kruse and wife sell to John Voss.

1896 Sells to James N. Gillis.

1897 Sells to George McGowan.

1905 Sells to Louis A. Kahnt who ran a grocery store.

1919 Sells to Jerome Ghiorso after Kahnt's death.

1920 Fire starts in living quarters, spreads to other buildings when strong winds carry sparks all over.

1923 Sells to Charles F. Christian.

1929 Sells to Frank W. and M. H. Fabing.

c1930s Angelo Nadotti purchases the lot, builds the current building and adds Angelo's Hall. George Gardenhire (not sure of spelling) operates the business for a while.

1940s Lila McCorkle in partnership with King ran a furnishing store in the northeast corner of the building.

Furnishing Store - c1940
1948 The state purchases from Pete Nadotti.

An ad in a 1970 "Old Timer Days" Mother Lode Fair Program.
All information and images above are provided by:

Oydegaard, F. D. (n.d.). Levy lots. Retrieved March 17, 2021, from http://www.columbiagazette.com/levy.html

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