Grass Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Nevada County Traction Co.
1901 – 1924
Erected 1994 by Wm. Bull Meek-Wm. Morris Stewart, 10, E Clampus Vitus, Nevada City, California.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
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. Marker is located at the entrance to the parking lot of the North Star Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Water Wheel Mining Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley CA 95949, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 HouseDiscovery of Gold at Gold Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Patrick’s Cemetery (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). Touch for a list and map 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2011.