Underground Brothel Tunnels in Placerville

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 23, 2016 / comments

Placerville Art Gallery located at 352 Main St and the Stone House located at 847 Pacific St are connected by an underground tunnel. The tunnel was dug by miners in the 1800s when 352 Main St was a saloon and the Stone House was a Chinese brothel. A portion of the tunnel inside 352 Main St was exposed for viewing when Rivendell's Books was in business about 20 years ago. The tunnel provided an escape route for the miners when their wives came looking for them at the brothel.

The Stone House located at 847 Pacific St - one end of the tunnel

Plaque on the Stone House building  - "An Old Chinese Brothel"
Placerville Art Gallery at 352 Main St - the other end of the tunnel. The Main St road improvements are now complete and we have a nice bumped out sidewalk in front of our gallery at the crosswalk, with lighting. Note Ruth's window for June being admired.
Our Artists:
Pam Findleton - Watercolor
Charlie Howenstine - Stone Carving
Lisa Marie Kindley - Canvas Giclee Prints
Sherri Donlon - Ceramics
Nancy Menzie - Textile Purses
Mark Stanley - Wood Turning
Jan Bitonti - Fiber Arts Quilting
Jody Queenan - Watercolor Prints
Marshall Brewer - Wood and Ceramic Sculpture
Joyce Campbell - Gourd Art
Steve Walters - Watercolor
Valerie Niergarth - Ceramic Figures
Annette Schachner - Silver Jewelry
Debi Ison - Sculpture, Painting, Jewelry
Glo Vernon - Fused Glass
Katie Caulk - Linoleum Block Prints
Roberta Altshuler - Jewelry
Myra Cooper Holmes - Steel Mesh Shadow Sculpture Figures
Jacque Brown - Jewelry
Robert Kurtz - Watercolor, oil, and acrylic
James Porter - Blacksmith
Ruth Michelson - Jewelry
Paul Cockrell - Photography