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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

WAYDE CARROLL LAVONNE MULLIN

In the

A Brief History Of Time

Gold Country

Nevada County

1868

Transcontinental

Railroad helps

build Truckee

Mid

1850S

Cornish miners introduced

pump used to eliminate

water in mine shafts

1870S

By 1879

15

breweries

were

producing

500,000

gallons of

beer

1902

Lyman Gilmore had

first flying field in west

116 | NEVADA COUNTY GOLD

And still going

strong!

PHOTOS: SEARLS HISTORICAL LIBRARY EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

Late 1840S

A party on the emigrant trail searching

for cattle came upon a “grassy valley”

Mid-1850S

Tin and copper miners from

Cornwall, England use hardrock

mining techniques in local mines

Theaters are thriving in Grass Valley,

Rough & Ready and Nevada City

featuring many of the most famous

performers of the time

Huge flood in Nevada City sweeps

away Jenny Lind Theatre

1855

1868

Truckee is the main stop on

transcontinental Railroad between

Sacramento and Odgen, Utah

Ice harvest begins in Truckee,

posh New York restaurants served

it in drinks

1870

John Adam of Nevada City is first

African American resident in county to

register to vote

1876

Nevada County Narrow Gauge

Railroad “Never Come, Never Go”

completed and steams into Grass

Valley for first time

1880

Major fire devastates Chinese Quarter,

Nevada City passes ordinance stating

"all Chinese shall be removed from

Nevada City within sixty days"

1884

Hydraulic mining debris banned

from being dumped into

waterways effectively ending it

Grass Valley’s Isaac T. Sanks is the

first African American in California

to run for office on the ticket of a

major political party

1930

Empire Mine is the largest gold

producer in California

1956

Empire mine closes

Nisenan lived and thrived in

Nevada County for the last 2,500

years before the Gold Rush

1850

Beginnings of more “permanent”

Nevada City with streets, bridges,

mining water ditches

1853

Grass Valley

is 6th largest

town in

California

“Scandalous”

dancer Lola Montez

arrives in Grass Valley

Grass Valley suffers a disastrous fire 1862

New Pine Street suspension bridge

1863

over Deer Creek collapses killing 2

Nevada City burns

young teamsters, their dog, 12 to 18

Gray’s Station, later renamed Coburn's

oxen and destroying 2 wagons

Station (now Truckee) established

full of hay

1865

Horse racing at Glenbrook (now a

shopping center) is one of the finest

race courses on the Pacific coast

1870S

15 breweries in Nevada County,

first was in early 1850s

Violent argument in saloon

leads to a disastrous fire

which destroys 68

buildings in Truckee

Felix Gillet begins

his Nevada City

nursery and becomes

as well known as

Luther Burbank

1871

1880S

Truckee dairy farms produce 60,000

pounds of their famous butter yearly

1883

English Dam on

Middle Fork of Yuba

River breaks

1902

Lyman Gilmore

claims to have

flown a powered

aircraft months

before the Wright

Brothers

1942

Nevada County Narrow Gauge

Railroad stops operation

ANDREW WRIGHT / LIGHTHAWKPHOTO

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