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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Nevada City, California

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Nevada City is the county seat for Nevada County
Nevada City is in Nevada County
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1California (Nevada County), Nevada City — “The Old Brewery”
Constructed of granite blocks from the Sierras about 1882 where Simon C. Hieronimus & family brewed and served lager beer to Nevada City Queen of the Northern Mines and hydraulic mining communities.Map (db m40292) HM
2California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 400 Broad Street
It was at this location on the afternoon of June 5, 1880 that a fire erupted in John White’s Upholstery Shop. More than fifty buildings – including the nearby New York Hotel and most of the Chinese Quarter – were destroyed within an . . . Map (db m70882) HM
3California (Nevada County), Nevada City — American Hill Diggings
On this site in April 1853 Edward E. Matteson developed one of the first hydraulic mines. An operation in which gold was washed from great quantities of earth with high pressure streams of water. The method used here became a standard of the . . . Map (db m891) HM
4California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nev 02-96 — Charles Marsh House
Built about 1866 by Charles Marsh, who arrived here in July, 1849, in what would later become Nevada City. Marsh was the first county surveyor and the first county supervisor from Nevada City. He created the water distribution system which formed . . . Map (db m40284) HM
5California (Nevada County), Nevada City — English and New Salmon Mine Stamp Mill
This stamp mill was manufactured at the Miners Foundry and Supply Co., Nevada City, California in the late 1800’s. After a circuitous journey, it has returned to its place of crushing hard rock at the English Mine and then the New Salmon Mine, owned . . . Map (db m12862) HM
6California (Nevada County), Nevada City — First Brick Building
Built in 1853 First Brick Building Erected in this city Dedicated To the memory of the pioneers of Nevada CityMap (db m40316) HM
7California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Five Stamp Mill1893
Used to crush gold ore at the Fortuna Mine near Nevada City. Ore fed under iron 'stamps' from rear hopper. Steam, water or electric belt-driven power turned wheel which revolved cams. Donated to Nevada City by Bill Magers.

Dedicated July 4, . . . Map (db m37153) HM

8California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Giant
This monitor was used at the now closed La Grange Mine near Weaverville in Trinity County and is similar in size to those used at the Malakoff to wash down the gravel hillsides. It was obtained through a joint effort of E Clampus Vitus, . . . Map (db m861) HM
9California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Graniteville
A camp established in this area in 1850 was called Eureka; then later, Eureka So. By 1856 it sometimes had a winter population of 1000. Rich placer mining deposits were played out by 1865, but quartz mining continued. By 1887, total gold taken from . . . Map (db m76722) HM
10California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Hydraulic Gold Mining 21-Inch Gate Valve1880
Used at You Bet-Red Dog Diggin’s east of Nevada City periodically 1880-1935 to control water flow from Chalk Bluff Reservoir to the mine. Hydraulic nozzle mounted opposite was operated at that mine by Thomas B. Brady (1874-1964). ***** . . . Map (db m40352) HM
11California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 2009-7 — Hydraulic Mining
The first hydraulic mining originated here at "American Hill Diggins" by Edward Matteson in 1853. Matteson originally used canvas hose. The canvas hose was replaced with crinoline hose in 1860. These miners' giants, also known as water cannons, . . . Map (db m143893) HM
12California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 001 — Julius Albert AppersonBorn June 1855 - Died May 6, 1858
A pioneer who crossed the plains to California who died and was buried here. The Emigrant Trail followed along this ridge and through Nevada City. The marking of this lone grave perpetuates the memory of the lone graves throughout the State of . . . Map (db m971) HM
13California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Kidd & Knox Building1856
Major commercial building since Gold Rush. Early offices of Judges, lawyers, statesmen including U.S. Senators A.A. Sargent, Wm. Morris Stewart, Calif. Supreme Court Chief Justices Niles Searls, Lorenzo Sawyer were here. Site of dramatic hall where . . . Map (db m40278) HM
14California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Ladies of the Evening
To commemorate that ubiquitous segment of society who have been unacknowledged; who, though obscure, made an essential contribution to the settlement of the West.Map (db m126628) HM
15California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Malakoff Diggins Clampicnic Area
This picnic area, sponsored by Wm. Bull Meek-Wm. Morris Steward Chapter Number 10, E Clampus Vitus, is for the enjoyment of all. The redwood lumber for the tables came from Nevada City's Christmas Tree, a Sequoiadendron Giganteum and continues to . . . Map (db m857) HM
16California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Masonry in the Gold County
The year was 1850 at a location not far from here. The first Masonic Lodge meeting was held under a Charter from state of Wisconsin. Lafayette Lodge #29 was born, the years following in 1851 & 1863 a major part of which was to be known as Nevada . . . Map (db m40272) HM
17California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Miners Foundry – Allans Machine ShopFounded 1856
This original brick building in continuous usage as a foundry for over 110 years. Famous Pelton Waterwheel developed and manufactured here in 1878. Ingenious double-cupped bucket designed by Lester A. Pelton of Camptonville and Nevada City. It . . . Map (db m12863) HM
18California (Nevada County), Nevada City — N.C.N.G.R.R.(Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad)
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad was dedicated May 20, 1876 one hundred feet east of this spot. Built by John Flint Kidder between 1874-76 it ran 22 miles from Nevada City to Colfax via Grass Valley. Rails taken up in 1942. Sara Kidder, widow . . . Map (db m40287) HM
19California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 899 — National Exchange Hotel1854
Originally the Bicknell Block, stagecoach, mail, express and telegraph center in mining days. Companies which became Pacific Gas & Electric formed here. Site of the first whipping post in state. Façade unchanged since 1854.Map (db m40334) HM
20California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada City Methodist Church
Historic Nevada City Methodist Church Dedicated in 1864 Now one of the oldest existing churchesMap (db m40362) HM
21California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nev-027 — Nevada City Public Library
Library Association formed December 19, 1857, first library was in Kidd Knox Bldg. 228 Broad St., it was moved to Oustomah Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 16, June 3, 1874. Nevada City Trustees assumed responsibilities Oct. 1, 1902 and was moved into the . . . Map (db m40354) HM
22California (Nevada County), Nevada City — NC-9 — Nevada City Road - Leaving Washington Ridge
"We dared not lets them browse among the trees lest, by feeding on the poison oak, it might prove...fatal to them.... We therefore sought a place of greater safety,...through a forest of pine and cedar." - John Steele, Sep 22, 1850Map (db m148909) HM
23California (Nevada County), Nevada City — NC-6 — Nevada City Road - No Water on Washington Ridge
"We camped in the woods and chained our oxen to a tree and fed them a little hay that we got in [Bear] Valley for the purpose; we had no water for them, but got a little for ourselves by going a mile for it." William B. Baker, Aug 31, 1852Map (db m149129) HM
24California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada City, The “Queen City of the Northern Mines”National Register of Historic Places
Nevada City, the “Queen City of the Northern Mines”, became a town of 16,000 in the early 1850’s following the discovery of gold on Deer Creek in 1849. Here is located the largest and best preserved historical downtown district in . . . Map (db m49875) HM
25California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada County Court HouseHistory
Nevada County organized out of Yuba County May 18, 1851. Wooden court house and log jail built on Broad Street 1851. The first court house on this site was erected in 1856. The building was damaged by fire in July of the same year and rebuilt. . . . Map (db m40311) HM
26California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada County Traction Company1901 - 1924
Four 28 ton standard gauge street cars ran from this spot five miles to Boston Ravine south of Grass Valley. Car barns and power plant located at Glenbrook mid-way. Line was victim of motor cars and busses.Map (db m40279) HM
27California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada County War & Veterans MemorialMemorial Grove
Memorial Grove This plot of land set aside by the City of Nevada. These trees living tributes to our war dead. This plaque and flagpole erected by the citizens of Nevada City dedicated July 4, 1946 to the memory of our heroes who gave their . . . Map (db m40373) WM
28California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nevada Hose Co. No. 1
Nevada Hose Co. No. 1 occupied this firehouse from May 30, 1861 to 1938. Hand pulled hose carts, horse drawn engines and motorized pumpers all rolled out of this building to save life and property.Map (db m40266) HM
29California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 863 — Nevada Theater
California’s oldest existing theater building. The Nevada opened September 9, 1865. Celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jack London and Emma Nevada have appeared on its stage. Closed in 1957. The theater was later purchased through public donations and . . . Map (db m10828) HM
30California (Nevada County), Nevada City — North Pine & CommercialSite of Former Nevada City Elks Lodge
After constructing a second-story meeting hall above two existing 19th century commercial buildings, the Nevada City Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #518 dedicated its first lodge at this location on June 14, 1913. The lodge hall and . . . Map (db m40269) HM
31California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Old Brick Gothic Building
Old Brick Gothic Building constructed as a congregational church in 1857. Restored by First Baptist Church.

Dedicated by Laurel Parlor No. 6
Native Daughters of the Golden West
April 13, 1987Map (db m37148) HM

32California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Old Wells Fargo Building
Site of Old Wells Fargo Building 1853 Dedicated to the Pioneers of California By Hydraulic Parlor No. 56 N.S.G.W. July 5, 1926Map (db m40310) HM
33California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Pelton Water Wheel
In continuous use PG&E Drum Power House No. 4, 1928-1987. Produced 18,000 HP at 257 RPM and enough electrical power for 16,000 households. 12 ft. diameter, weight 15 tons. Built in San Francisco by Pelton Company. A constitutional bicentennial gift . . . Map (db m37151) HM
34California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 1012 — Pelton Wheel Manufacturing Site
The Pelton Water Wheel, first commercially manufactured here at George Allan’s Foundry & Machine Works in 1879, was a major advancement in water power utilization and greatly advanced hard-rock mining. Its unique feature was a series of paired . . . Map (db m12796) HM
35California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Pennsylvania Engine Co. No. 2January 14, 1861
Fire Company formed June 18, 1860 as Eureka Hose No.2 with 34 volunteers. Name changed in August of that year to ‘Pennsylvania Engine’. Construction money raised in 1859 by popular subscription and a grand ball staged by the town’s women. This . . . Map (db m10832) HM
36California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Pine Street Bridge1996
Third span of Deer Creek at this location. It is a replica of the single arch steel Gault Bridge (1908-1996) which replaced the suspension bridge (1862-1903) built by Andrew S. Hallidie, who later built the San Francisco Cable Car system.Map (db m40275) HM
37California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Pioneer Cemetery
This cemetery was established in 1851 on a knoll, back of the First Methodist Church. This gave the site its name. Many noted citizens rest here.Map (db m11677) HM
38California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Pioneer Emigrant Trail
This boulder was known to the pioneers as the Indian Medicine Stone. On its top are hollows in which the Indians lay while taking sun baths to cure their ills. One branch of the Emigrant Trail leading from Truckee Pass to the gold mines of Nevada . . . Map (db m37121) HM
39California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Powell Home
Built in 1855 as the edifice of the Baptist Church, it was here that famed soprano Emma Nevada (Emma Wixom Palmer) made her debut at the age of three. In 1886 the church was remodeled as the residence of the E.T.R. Powell familyMap (db m14824) HM
40California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Purdon Bridge1895
Built by Cotton Brothers of Oakland, this steel bridge replaced several wooden bridges washed away in floods. It is the only bridge of the half-through truss design remaining in California. Purdon Crossing was a vital link of the main road from . . . Map (db m45068) HM
41California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 2010-9 — Railroad and Transportation Museum
The Nevada County Historical Society founded the Transportation Museum Division in 1983 to acquire, document, restore and preserve information and artifacts pertaining to Nevada County’s railroad and transportation history. Best known is the Nevada . . . Map (db m72038) HM
42California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 6 — Robinson Plaza
Nevada City
Commemorative Marker #6

Named for Beryl P. Robinson, Jr.

Born in Nevada City
September 13, 1935

City Councilman-City Manager

On July 1, 1999, . . . Map (db m37149) HM

43California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Saint Canice Catholic Church
Historic Saint Canice Catholic Church was built and first services held during 1864 under the guidance of Father John Grifin

Plaque placed October 6, 1965 by Laurel Parlor No. 6 and Hydraulic Parlor No. 56 Native Daughters and Sons of the . . . Map (db m37122) HM

44California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nev.-0015 — Searls Law Office
This building, completed December, 1872, was the law office for three generations of this family. Niles Searls, who arrived in 1851, practiced law here from 1872 to 1885. He had been elected District Attorney in 1855, then District Judge for . . . Map (db m40340) HM
45California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Shaft Drill Core1935-36
Experimental vertical shaft 5’ in diameter to 1125’ depth thru serpentine and gabbro at Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine, Grass Valley. Machinery invented by J.B. Newsom. Greatest drilled footage – 21’ in three days. Core weight 11-tons. Donated to . . . Map (db m49853) HM
46California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Sheriff David Fulton Douglass
On this spot Sheriff Douglass, a Native Son of the Golden West, gave his life July 26, 1896, bravely performing his duty. Alone he tracked a highwayman to this retreat and both fell in battle. It is believed that Douglass was pitted against . . . Map (db m175188) HM
47California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 1 — Site of the Original Ott Assay Office
J.J. Ott’s Assay in 1859 helped develop the great Comstock Lode and the State of Nevada.Map (db m40302) HM
48California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 832 — South Yuba Canal Office
Headquarters for the largest network of water flumes and ditches in the state. The South Yuba Canal Water Company was the first incorporated to supply water for hydraulic mining. The original ditch was in use in May, 1850, and this company office . . . Map (db m10836) HM
49California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Ten Stamp Mill
"Six tall, upright rods of iron, as large as a man's ankle, and heavily shod with a mass of iron and steel at their lower ends.." So begins Mark Twain's description of a Nevada stamp mill.

"...These rose and fell, one after the other, in a . . . Map (db m37120) HM

50California (Nevada County), Nevada City — The Flagg BuildingThe Eternal Saloon
Built in 1856 on the site of the U.S. Hotel, this brick edifice has served Nevada City as the Council Chamber, Schreiber’s and since 1957 Eddie Furano’s Bank Club. Here at Schreiber’s Felix, the marvelous mysterious music box thundered Strauss . . . Map (db m40273) HM
51California (Nevada County), Nevada City — The Monitor
The first hydraulic mining originated on American Hill near Nevada City, California in 1853. This miners giant known as The Monitor washed hillsides away under high pressure uncovering gold bearing gravel beds. This mining technique flourished . . . Map (db m40364) HM
52California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 899 — The National Hotel
This hotel, one of the oldest in continuous operation west of the Rockies, opened for business in August, 1856. Originally known as The “Bicknell Block”. The structure consists of three common-walled buildings of simple brick . . . Map (db m12891) HM
53California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Nev. 0018 — Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church, founded as a parish in 1855, opened for divine service in this building on November 2, 1873. Previously on this site was “Caldwell’s Upper Store”, built in 1849 for the miners of Upper Deer Creek Dry Diggings, . . . Map (db m40294) HM
54California (Nevada County), Nevada City — William Morris Stewart MansionBuilt 1855 - 56
Exact replica of wife’s Ante-Bellum Colonial birthplace. Only edifice of this type in California. Stewart, an early Nevada County District Attorney, joined 1859 Comstock silver rush. Led battle for statehood and became Nevada’s first U.S. . . . Map (db m40318) HM
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May. 24, 2022