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

GRASS VALLEY

WALKING TOUR

GRASS VALLEY

1. EDWARD COLEMAN HOUSE

318 NEAL STREET

This two-story Gothic Revival home was built

in 1867 for Edward Coleman and retains much

of its original appearance. Coleman was a mine

owner.

2. “DONATION DAY HOUSE”

NEAL

W. MAIN

N. CHURCH

319 NEAL STREET

Built in the early 1870s, the home was the residence

of Caroline Mead Hanson. An invalid,

she liked to watch children walk to school. To

help the Ladies Relief Society at Christmas, she

suggested each child donate a potato and stick

of wood. The Donation Day Parade was born

and continues to this day as school children

still bring food for the needy at Christmas.

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S. SCHOOL

S.CHURCH

MILL

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3. EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH

245 S. CHURCH STREET

Oldest Episcopal edifice in California, dates

back to the Gold Rush.

MILL

4. W.C. JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

328 S. CHURCH STREET

A Queen Anne Victorian built in 1880. In 1907,

it became the county’s first private hospital.

Before the hospital was established, injured

miners were treated on the spot or in

their homes.

5. MOUNT ST. MARY’S CONVENT &

ACADEMY

410 S. CHURCH STREET

Built in 1866, the convent housed Irish nuns

who founded an orphanage. Next door is St.

Joseph’s Chapel built in 1894. The convent now

houses the Grass Valley Museum part of the St.

Joseph’s Cultural Center.

6. ST. PATRICK’S CEMETERY

SOUTH CHURCH & CHAPEL STREETS

Graves date from 1853, many guarded by

ornate fences to keep out stray cattle.

7. MILL STREET HOMES

248 MILL STREET

A restored cottage. From 1853 to 1855, it was

home to the infamous Lola Montez who

danced her way to fame in Europe. She was

beautiful, spirited and kept a bear in the yard. It

is said she horse-whipped a local editor for

writing negative comments about her. The

unique Hodge Stone House, 305 Mill St., was

built in 1854.

MAP PHOTOS :

(2) DONATION DAY HOUSE, (3) EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH,

(6) ST. PATRICK’S CEMETERY, SANDRA REMOLIF /

(4) W.C. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, JOSH MILLER /

(8) DEL ORO THEATRE, KIAL JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

8. DEL ORO THEATRE

165 MILL STREET

Built in the 1940s, this Art Deco movie theatre

has been refurbished. Check out the mural on

the back wall of the building.

9. MILL STREET

BETWEEN NEAL AND W. MAIN STREETS

Once a trail leading from mines on Wolf Creek

to the center of town. Despite fires, there are

still a number of buildings standing that date

from the 1860s.

10. HOLBROOKE HOTEL

212 W. MAIN STREET

Originally destroyed by fire, the current hotel

dates from 1862; the saloon dates from 1855

and was incorporated into the hotel. Guests

from the past include Mark Twain and outlaw

Black Bart.

Heritage Homes

The Grass Valley Historical Commission has

presented Heritage Awards to 45 Grass

Valley homes. A book is available at The

Book Seller, 107 Mill Street. This allows you

to take self-guided walking tours of specific

neighborhoods. Within walking distance of

downtown on West Main Street are a cluster

of homes in the Nob Hill and Alta Hill

Neighborhoods including the following West

Main Street addresses:

415, 428, 505, 510, 511 and 515.

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