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.

Bridging the Gap

Things to See and Do


is made-up of sites along 20 miles

of the river including a number of

trails. One place that should not be

missed is Bridgeport on Pleasant Valley

Road not far from the center of

Penn Valley.

This area was named for the many bridges

constructed to allow goods to cross the

river. Part of the route was built by the

Virginia Turnpike Company which was

organized in 1855 primarily to facilitate

travel between Marysville and Virginia

City, Nevada.

The company collected tolls for use of

its roads. Following the destruction of

several bridges in 1861-62 due to flooding,

one was replaced with a covered

bridge in 1862. Now the longest single

span bridge in the world, it is being

restored to its historical look and is

expected to reopen in early 2021.

There is a lot of history at Bridgeport, for

example thousands of miners searched for

gold in the river. There was a ranch on the

site where teamsters could find hay and

rest for their horses.

In the 1920s, the very popular Bridgeport

Swim Resort was developed complete

with cottages and dance pavilion. A

small grocery store and gas station were

also built.

What’s Happening Now

Visitors can swim, hike, pan for gold along

the river, or explore a museum, history

stations, historic horse barn filled with

antique wagons and cemetery. Bird Walks

are held in the spring and fall, Wildflower

Walks on the popular Buttermilk Trail from

mid-March through mid-May. For additional

events check southyubariverstatepark.org.

Bridgeport is open from sunrise to sunset.

Visitor Center is open Thursday–Sunday

from Memorial Day to Labor Day 11:00

am–4:00 pm. The rest of the year it closes

at 3:00 pm. (530) 432-2546.




Western Gateway Park

Acres of Fun

Western Gateway Park is well-known as the crown jewel of Penn Valley. All 88 acres

are open to the public with lots to do. Facilities include an impressive stage pavilion,

covered picnic areas, green lawns and rustic amphitheater. The park is the venue for a

host of events from festivals to weddings. Two notable features are a highly rated disc

golf course and the evolving bike skills park. Of course you will also find everything a

park should have to keep the kids entertained.


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