Nevada City

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Vibrant and captivating Nevada City began as a gold-mining camp called Deer Creek Dry Diggins. The large gravel deposits alongside this creek reportedly delivered a pound of pay dirt a day by the fall of 1849, when A. B. Caldwell's general store opened to supply this haphazard collection of tents. By March 1850, somewhere between 6,000 and 16,000 boisterous souls called it home, and the new town was christened "Nevada," meaning "snow covered" in Spanish. After 1861, townsfolk took to adding "City" to the name, to avoid confusion with the new state whose Comstock silver strike drained off many Nevada City residents.Seven fires burned early Nevada City to the ground,sparking a fashion for brick architecture that is evidentin many of the 93 downtown structures listed on theNational Register of Historic Places.
ISBN: 9780738530628
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Maria E. Brower is manager of the Doris Foley historical branch of the county library, editor of the county historical society's newsletter, and founder of the county genealogical society. Choosing from the magnificent archives of the historical society's Searles Library, she narrates this pictorial saga of a town that once rivaled San Francisco and Sacramento but is content to reign as the antique and still-sparkling gem of the Mother Lode.
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