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Destination Nevada County

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

Seven years later, the

Seven years later, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad line from Grass Valley and Nevada City to Colfax was completed and the depot there was easily accessible for passengers and freight. As transportation infrastructure improved, so too did the variety of entertainment for local audiences. As early as 1852, Edwin Booth appeared here in Hamlet. On two occasions in the 1860s, Mark Twain made a swing through Western Nevada County. In 1865, renowned pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk performed in a hall near where The Stone House is now located in Nevada City. Also, General Tom Thumb and his wife appeared on stage here in the 1860s. Living in Grass Valley during the Gold Rush was international star Lola Montez, who mentored her nextdoor neighbor, pre-teen Lotta Crabtree. Lotta went on to great theatrical success on the East Coast and was named “The Nation’s Darling.” Entertainment has been a staple of Nevada County life since the Gold Rush. Edwin Booth’s performances here in 1852 demonstrate that Eastern booking agents knew about our area and realized that entertainmentstarved miners would fill the hall to hear someone sing, dance, orate, perform magic tricks, or recite lines from Shakespeare. Our live theater companies are regularly honored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance, and we even have opportunities for youngsters to improve their selfconfidence through acting classes and performances. Also, local artists welcome visitors into their studios once a year, a nationally acclaimed environmental film festival is held annually with venues in both Grass Valley and Nevada City and a very active Nevada County Arts Council promotes the visual, literary and performing arts. Outdoor music festivals feature world class events while annual street fairs, art walks and farmers’ markets dot the calendar. Combine our arts and culture with the opportunity for growing your business while your children receive an education consistently ranked among the top 2-3 counties in the state, and you have a very good reason to visit us and look at the opportunities we offer. We are proud of our past and present and look forward to our unexplored future. When a trip here for entertainment, sport or history is combined with a relaxing time at one of our wine-tasting rooms or outstanding restaurants, you will know why it’s true: If you haven’t seen Nevada County, you haven’t seen California. Performing and visual arts continue to draw tens of thousands of visitors to our area each year, featuring many performances at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, and other venues—such as the 1865-built Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Downtown Grass Valley 6 DESTINATION Nevada County

GREATER GRASS VALLEY CHAMBER Welcome to destination N e v a d a Co u nty There’s no place like Nevada County. Beautiful and picturesque, nestled in the verdant Sierra Nevada Foothills, and stretches along the Golden Chain Highway from Higgins Corner in the south, to the Town of Truckee in the east. Our communities were settled in the early to mid- 1800’s by immigrants from around the globe, seeking a new life in America, and their fortune in California’s gold rich foothills. Destination Nevada County celebrates the diverse local culture and business owners living in and around Nevada County; Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, and the town of Penn Valley. Each area has its own allure, from the historically preserved and quaint Victorian era downtowns, to the vibrant golf communities, rolling vineyards, ranches and farms that dot the countryside beyond the footprints of our historic towns. Many families and businesses have been here for generations, and some are transplants, but each has come to Nevada County to enjoy economic opportunities, richness of heritage, majestic beauty of the land, the romance of the small towns, and the graceful way of life. Whether you’re a visitor, seeking a unique vacation experience, or lucky enough to live in Nevada County, we invite you to discover or re-discover the unique local shopping, both antique and contemporary, savor a sip of wine at one of the in-town tasting rooms or while visiting any of the 22 member vineyards of the Sierra Vintners Association, or to simply soak up some local culture..... Join me at some of my favorite events: Springtime at Ananda Village Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic Hiking the Bear Yuba Land Trust Trails Events in our Historic Downtowns Wine Tasting and Wine Trails State Park Celebrations Music Festivals 4th of July CEO Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Grass Valley Visitors Center DESTINATION Nevada County 7

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