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

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Sierra

County

SIERRA COUNTY IS

LOCATED in the heart of

the northern Sierra

Nevada and features two quite

different regions divided by the

Pacific Crest. The western part

of the county is mountainous

and forested. The east side is

dominated at 5,000 feet by one

of the largest sub-alpine valleys in

North America. Sierra County is

known for its beauty and wildlife. For

example, it has one of the longest wildflower

seasons in California. Visitors to

Sierra County can take scenic highways to

old mining camps, century old cattle

ranches, wetlands, snowy peaks, waterfalls,

fall foliage and panoramic views.

Along the county’s southern border are

the towns of Alleghany, Forest City and

Goodyears Bar. At the confluence of the

Downie River and North Fork of the Yuba

River is Downieville. Nearby is Sierra City

and Bassetts Station, which is the gateway

to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area

and Sierra Buttes. On the eastern side of

the county are the towns of Calpine,

Sierraville, Sattley, and Loyalton.

Sierra County is easily reached from

Nevada County. Take Hwy. 49 from

Nevada City and Hwy. 89 from Truckee.

Visit for a day or linger longer. Overnight

visitors will discover a variety of accommodations

from rustic campgrounds to

comfortable historic buildings.

HISTORY

Established in 1852, Sierra County’s

history dates back to the time when

Maidu and Washoe Indians lived in the

area. More recently it was part of the

Gold Rush. The discovery of gold brought

16,000 miners to the county between 1848

and 1860. One interesting relic from the

past, the Sheriff’s Gallows, still stands

beside the county courthouse in

Downieville. The Sierra Valley was settled

in the 1850s and ranches provided

supplies for miners. There was also a

lumber industry. For more, go to

sierracountyhistory.org.

INSET PHOTO: SIERRA COUNTRY STORE, SIERRA CITY, ANDREW WRIGHT / LIGHTHAWKPHOTO

SIERRA BUTTES PHOTO BY GEORGE LAMSON

Museums / Historical Park

DOWNIEVILLE MUSEUM: Main Street.

Collections depict life from the Gold Rush

days to the present. Building dates from

1852. Open daily from Memorial Day

through Labor Day 11:00 am–4:00 pm.

KENTUCKY MINE & MUSEUM: Hwy. 49

east of Sierra City. Historical Park tours

include entrance to original gold mine

and demonstration of a working ore

crushing stamp mill. Mining museum,

picnic facilities. Open seven days a week

Memorial Day through Labor Day 10:00

am–4:00 pm. (530) 862-1310;

sierracountyhistory.org

MILTON GOTTARDI LOYALTON

MUSEUM: 605 School St. Antique hearse,

Indian artifacts, genealogy information,

Main Street exhibit, historic classroom.

Open Memorial Day to the end of

September and holidays, Thursday–

Sunday Noon–4:00 pm. Also year around

by appointment. Call (530) 993-6750.

Sierra Buttes

Start your visit

with a stop at:

SIERRA COUNTY CHAMBER

OF COMMERCE

(800) 200-4949

sierracountychamber.com

EAST SIERRA VALLEY CHAMBER

OF COMMERCE

eastsierravalleychamber.com

(530) 993-4387

VISITOR INFORMATION:

Chamber Websites

VISITOR BOOTHS:

Downieville, Sierra City,

Sierraville, Loyalton

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