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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

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mimi simmons Realtor. Native. Community. Century 21 Cornerstone Realty 101 Boulder St., Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-7940 www.mimisimmons.com 108 DESTINATION Nevada County

Nevada City - A Great Place to Call Home When I moved from Humboldt County to Nevada City in 1977, my first job was that of night bartender at the National Hotel—walking the plank Wednesdays through Sundays. In those days the hotel was the hub of community social life, so I quickly met the men and women for whom bronze plaques have since been dedicated and in whose name community awards are now presented annually. I am proud to have been recipient of both the Elza Kilroy and Col. William Lambert awards for community service, but I am even prouder to say that I knew them. When I arrived in Nevada City forty years ago, Elza, Bill and other “oldtimers” immediately treated me as a member of the community. I was never made to feel like a stranger in a strange land. And when the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis awards for performing and By Steve Cottrell Nevada City- A Great Place to Call Home Former Nevada City Mayor Nevada City Chamber of Commerce visual art each January, along with the Lon Cooper Award for new construction, I smile, recalling Doc Lewis sitting at the National Hotel bar spinning tales, Sally lobbying me for one worthy cause or another, and the year I spent on the city planning commission when Lon was chairman. The men and women I met after settling in Nevada City helped me realize that the town’s greatest assets are not its buildings, its gaslights, nor even its amazing 19th century history. Those elements are certainly important, but Nevada City’s greatest assets are its people and its strong sense of community. Only in a town like Nevada City could a guy run for city council while listing bartender as his occupation—as I did in 1992—and get elected. Four times. I was honored to spend 16 years on the city council, including 2006/07 as mayor, and am humbled knowing that my name appears on two bronze plaques at City Hall. But if someone had told me in 1977 that thirty years later I would be mayor, I would have fallen off my barstool laughing. Long-time residents and newcomers together represent a wide spectrum of interests and perspectives. Their city’s small-town qualities, character and sense of community are clear. As someone once said, beyond all the wonderful things in and all around Nevada City, the best part is that “there is still a ‘there’ here.” Nevada City is a 19th century gem prospering in the 21st century. It is, in the words of longtime Nevada City Chamber of Commerce executive director Cathy Whittlesey, “The greatest little town in the known universe.” For more information about Nevada City, events and visitor information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main St., Nevada City, CA 95959, (530) 265-2692. DESTINATION Nevada County 109