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

Nevada City

museums | research Libraries

BRINGING

HISTORY TO LIFE

The Nevada County

Historical Society

celebrated its 75th anniversary

in 2019. Through the

years interested members

of the community met,

planned, and collected,

displayed and preserved

the county’s memorabilia.

Their efforts led to formation

of the Firehouse No. 1

Museum, Nevada County

Narrow Gauge Railroad

Museum, Searls Historical

Library in Nevada City, and

the North Star Mining

Museum in Grass Valley.

PHOTOS CLOCKWISE:

FIREHOUSE MUSEUM NO. 1,

KIAL JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY /

DORIS FOLEY LIBRARY,

ANDREW WRIGHT/LIGHTHAWKPHOTO /

MINERS FOUNDRY, SUBMITTED PHOTO

Firehouse

Museum

No. 1

Landmark

Undoubtedly the most photographed

building in Nevada

City is the No.1 Firehouse (214

Main St.) built in 1861. Now a

museum, it features Nisenan

Indian cultural items and photographs,

alters from Chinese

temples, Donner Party relics and

a collection of Victorian items.

The building has been named a

Haunted House of California.

nevadacountyhistory.org

Getting Around

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

Museum tells the history of the railroad and

other local transportation history such as the

first commercial airport in the United States.

Docents offer tours which include the rail yard

and restoration shed. A main attraction is

Engine 5 built in 1857. It served the Narrow

Gauge Railroad. In later years it was a movie

engine for Universal Studios. See Page 19 for

more information.

Industry

This historic

building dates

back to 1855

when it was a

machine shop.

Today it is the

Miners Foundry

Cultural Center

(325 Spring St.).

Visitors can tour

the foundry

where artifacts

and photographs

tell its

story. There are interpretive displays covering

the manufacturing of equipment used in mining

including the revolutionary Pelton Wheel. Hours

vary, so call ahead, (530) 265-5040.

Into the Past

Searls Historical Library concentrates on the history

of Nevada County and the Gold Rush. Its

collection includes some 29,000 catalogued

photos, and a mountain of research material

Doris Foley Library

such as maps, deeds and assessor records.

There is also a Chinese research collection.

Location is the Historical Society’s History

Center, 161 Nevada City Hwy. at the corner of

Ridge Road. nevadacountyhistory.org

Housed in an historic Carnegie Library building

completed in 1907, the Doris Foley Library for

Historical Research (211 N. Pine St.) has a collection

of materials on the history of Nevada

County including personal papers, business

records and newspapers.

mynevadacounty.com/library

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