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N. C. N. G. R. R.

(Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad)

 
 
N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
1. N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker
Inscription. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad ran from here 5 miles N. to Nevada City and 17 miles S. to Colfax. Built 1874-76 by John F. Kidder whose home is N.E. corner. Depot and shops were 50 yards N. Rails removed 1942. Sarah, widow of builder was first woman R.R. president.
 
Erected 1977 by Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart No. 10, E Clampus Vitus, Nevada City.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 13.016′ N, 121° 3.41′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of Bennett Street and Kidder Street, on the left when traveling east on Bennett Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the northeast corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Bennett Street, Grass Valley CA 95945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbiad Cannon – 1850 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinatown, Grass Valley (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington Brewery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Stamp Mill from the Red Ledge Mine
N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
2. N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Williams Stationery Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reliance Hose Company No. 3 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grass Valley.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Click on “Click to map all markers shown on this page” to view marker placements from Nevada City to Colfax.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. The NCNGRR Museum gives a short history of the railroad. (Submitted on November 13, 2011.) 

2. Engines of the NCNGRR. (Submitted on November 13, 2011.)
3. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Satellite views of the depot site showing building and route layouts. (Submitted on November 13, 2011.) 

4. History of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. The company’s first President was John C. Coleman, president of the North Star Mine. Kidder, the builder, decided to settle down in Grass Valley, becoming the General Superintendent, and in 1884, became the second president. Upon his death in 1901, Kidder’s widow, Sarah, took over, becoming the first female railroad president in the world. (Submitted on November 13, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
3. N. C. N. G. R. R. Marker
Marker can be seen in the center of the photo above the retaining wall.
N. C. N. G. R. R. Ticket Office image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
4. N. C. N. G. R. R. Ticket Office
This is now a private residence. Please respect their privacy.
N. C. N. G. R. R. Placard image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
5. N. C. N. G. R. R. Placard
Placed on the chimney of the former ticket office is a plaque with the logo of the NCNGRR.
N. C. N. G. R. R. Passenger Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
6. N. C. N. G. R. R. Passenger Entrance
Click on photo to enlarge.
One block northwest at the corner of Bennett and Bank Streets. Signage in the rock retaining wall reads "N.C.N.G.R.R. Passenger Entrance". Entrance to the walkway leading to the boarding area may still be seen.
Site of Depot Complex image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
7. Site of Depot Complex
Area where railroad shops, yard and offices were located. Fire destroyed the last of the buildings in 1940.
Kidder Mansion image. Click for full size.
1895
8. Kidder Mansion
The home of John and Sarah was located a short distance up Kidder Street from the marker. The mansion was built in 1883, was three stories, and had 28 rooms. It was considered the social center of Grass Valley.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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