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Grass Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Nevada County Traction Co.

1901 – 1924

 
 
Nevada County Traction Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
1. Nevada County Traction Co. Marker
Inscription. Four 28-ton standard gauge street cars ran from 100 yards north of this spot five miles to Pine and Broad Streets, Nevada City. Car barns and power plant were located mid-way at Glenbrook. Line was shut down after a winter storm, Jan. 1924, never to run again – a victim of motor cars and buses.
 
Erected 1994 by Wm. Bull Meek-Wm. Morris Stewart, 10, E Clampus Vitus, Nevada City, California.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.521′ N, 121° 4.185′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Allison Ranch Road south of McCourtney Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the parking lot of the North Star Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Water Wheel Mining Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley CA 95949, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Star Mine Powerhouse (a few steps from this marker); Empire House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Patrick’s Cemetery
Nevada County Traction Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
2. Nevada County Traction Co. Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reliance Hose Company No. 3 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lola Montez 1819 - 1861 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grass Valley.
 
Regarding Nevada County Traction Co.. The Nevada County Traction Company was organized by John Martin in 1901. Construction began on June 1, 1901 and the initial 70 pound rails were in place within three weeks. A power generating plant and 3-stall car barn was built in Glenbrook, the mid-point of the line. Completed in October, 1901, the route went from Boston Ravine, up Mill Street, to East Main Street in Grass Valley; then over Spring Hill to Glenbrook, on to Sacramento Street, turning left and ending on Broad Street in Nevada City. The total cost for five miles of track, four cars, a service car and the power plant-car barn was $217,000. The fare for one way was a nickle.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at the other end of the street-car line in Nevada City.
Nevada County Traction Company image. Click for full size.
Ken Kidder Collection, circa 1910
3. Nevada County Traction Company
The NCT car barn at Glenbrook. This was half-way between Grass Valley and Nevada City. The power generators were located in the rear portion of the building.

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Nevada County Traction Rail Line image. Click for full size.
Ken Kidder Collection, circa 1910
4. The Nevada County Traction Rail Line
The NCT shares the road on Mill Street in Grass Valley with horse & buggies and autocars.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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