2020-2021_Nevada County Gold


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

2 Be Festive

Nevada City hosts some fun festivals and

outdoor events like Summer Nights, a

Farmers Market, Victorian Christmas,

Children’s Festival and Picnic Pops

concerts in the park.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


3 Get Reel

Film buffs need to check out the summer

Nevada City Film Festival, the winter

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the Sunday

night film series at the Nevada Theatre

and Movies under the Pines at Pioneer

Park, a family event.

4 Take a Walk

Typically a free activity, that is unless you

can’t resist the tempting shops and restaurants–a

hard thing to do in this

delightful town. At every turn is something

to see or experience from a winery

to a museum, art galleries or

Chinese Monument.

5 Discover Family

Trace your Gold Rush roots at Searls

Historical Library located in the History

Center (See Page 117). Here can be

found a mountain of records, thousands

of photos and friendly volunteers.

6 Stage Struck

Two historic buildings are popular

sites for local events, concerts

and theatre. Opened in 1855

to service the mines, Miners

Foundry Cultural Center

now offers a variety of


Nearby, the Nevada Theatre

dates back to 1865, and today

is host to the area’s best

theatre groups.


7After Dark

Check out the local live music scene. At

last count there were 10 venues, so stroll

under the town’s gas lamps, and discover

your groove.

8 Charm of Another Era

Get a feel for life in the 1870s to 1890s by

taking a driving tour to view some of the

best-preserved homes in the Gold

Country. There are even homes that date

back to the 1850s and 60s. You will see

elaborate, towering Victorians built for

mine owners and lumber barons, and

much more.

Stroll the streets around East Broad

and Broad (past downtown). Then

take Washington Street over the freeway

and explore Nevada and Boulder

Streets. Don’t forget the side streets.

9 Pay Your Respects

Located at the Inn Town Campground

next to the Railroad Museum is the

Historic Chinese Cemetery. It dates

back to the late 1800s, is well preserved

and contains important artifacts. Check in

at the office. Not far from downtown

Nevada City on West Broad Street is the

Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1851.

Many noted citizens rest here. Next door

is the St. Canice Historical Catholic

Cemetery where there is a tombstone

that lists the date of passing as February

31, 1909. Can you find it?

10 We Love a Parade

So does Nevada City. Get patriotic in

September at the Constitution Weekend

Parade. Then after the first of the year,

there are two parades that are even more

colorful and lively (if possible). One

celebrates Mardi Gras, the other the

Chinese Lunar New Year.


Hikers will find great local

opportunities including

in Nevada City.

Check Out Page 77.




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