2020-2021_Nevada County Gold

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

IT IS REPORTED that the first settlers

in the Grass Valley area were

from Oregon and came in 1848

after hearing gold had been discovered

in what would become the State of

California.

Soon the “rush” was on. Mining for

free gold in creeks and gravel was the

norm until 1850 when gold was

discovered in quartz, and in just a few

months, the town grew from 20 cabins

to 150 buildings.

In 1855, a devastating fire destroyed

virtually all of the business district.

Another setback came when easily

accessible gold became difficult to find.

But, during the 1850s, techniques

improved and extremely profitable hard

rock or underground mines were

established including the Empire and

North Star Mines.

Closure of the mines during World

War II, the fixed price of gold at $35

an ounce and labor disputes all contributed

to the end of mining in

Grass Valley during the 1950s.

Start your visit with

a stop at:

GREATER GRASS VALLEY

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTER

128 East Main St.

(530) 273-4667

grassvalleychamber.com

Grass Valley

Truckee

Nevada City

Penn

Valley

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