NUMBERS & history
the first chain store in california
In 1900, the business was incorporated under the name “Denny Bar Co” and became part of the first chain of retail stores in all of California, boasting a total of 9 stores throughout Northern California.
one million dollars
The walk-in safe that was used by Denny Bar Co. to safeguard gold purchased from the gold miners until transport could be arranged by Wells Fargo Stage Coach to the nearest banks in Sacramento. The early Denny Bar Co. traded goods & services for over $1,000,000 when gold was less than $30 per ounce.
Denny Bar Co. operated its own pack train and contracted for mail and freight to be transported over the mountains to the large gold mines located across the area. Some of the pack trains used at this time numbered from 60 to 100 mules.
THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL
In 1892, the second story of the Denny Bar Co. building became the site of the first high school north of Red Bluff, California, with an enrollment of 15 students.
A.H. Denny was a man of serious vision, having first entered the mercantile business circa 1866 in Callahan. He also acted as a Wells Fargo agent, a Justice of the Peace, and was instrumental in establishing Etna’s first bank as well as the Etna Library and, of course, the Denny Bar Company.