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By Syd Whittle, October 9, 2011
Binkelmann Brewery and Marker
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Binkelmann Brewery
Born in Wurtenburg, Germany on January 2, 1828, David Binkelmann came to Grass Valley in 1853, after only a year as a new immigrant in New York. He mined for a time on Wolf Creek, then worked in a bakery. He became a renter of the business , but . . . — Map (db m48718) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Chinatown, Grass Valley1850 – 1938
Of the many gold rush imigrants, the Chinese were noted for their honest, sober and industrious characteristics. Each mining camp had its Chinatown and Grass Valley was second only to San Francisco’s. Former residents Duck Egg, Georgie Bow, Ah Louie . . . — Map (db m45126) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Columbiad Cannon – 1850
Last on duty at Fort Point on San Francisco Bay. Grass Valley Women’s Improvement Club arranged with the U.S. War Department for donation to be placed in City Square, now Dow Alexander Park. Transferred from Benicia Arsenal to here in 1911. Only . . . — Map (db m48675) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 297 — Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill
The tablet commemorates the discovery of gold-bearing quartz by George Knight October 1850 The occurrence of gold-bearing quartz . . . — Map (db m49510) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Nev-01-96 — Edward Coleman House
Edward Coleman built this house in 1866 and lived here, with his wife Luisa, until 1891. He was Pres/Supt of the Idaho Mine. Director of Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and owned interests in the Mohawk Lumber Company. — Map (db m49914) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Empire House
This site at the lower end of Boston Ravine on the old main road from Grass Valley to Auburn has been the location of a public house since 1851. Charles Behrisch was the owner from 1851 to 1885. Ownership changed hands many times through the years. . . . — Map (db m48150) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Grass Valley Hardware
Through the years of prospecting hydraulic and hardrock mining this hardware business, one of California’s, has served this community… in continuous operation at this site since 1854 — Map (db m48171) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Grass Valley Library
Gift of Carnegie Corporation of New York Dedicated August 4, 1916 National Register of Historic Places March 26, 1992 — Map (db m48157) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Oldest Episcopal Edifice in California First services Sunday April 23, 1854 by Rt. Rev. William I. Kip, Bishop of Calif. This building opened for worship Aug. 1858. — Map (db m10827) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Holbrooke HotelFounded 1851
California’s oldest hotel in continuous operation. Among its century-old archives are names of such notables as Presidents Grant, Harrison, Cleveland; Authors Mark Twain, Bret Harte; Boxers Corbett, Fitzsimmons, actor Gilbert Barry and highwayman . . . — Map (db m48213) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 292 — Lola Montez 1819 - 1861Countess of Landsfeld
In her home which occupied this site, Lola’s Social Salon 1853 – 55 attracted men of vision whose investments and technology founded Nevada County’s gold quartz mining industry. She brought culture and refinement to this rude mining camp. A . . . — Map (db m57990) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building
Operated by pioneer druggist William Loutzenheiser (1824-1805) and son, John G. (1861-1929.) The pharmacy began here in a wooden building in 1851. The structure gave way to the present brick edifice in the fall of 1855. William was a member of . . . — Map (db m48360) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Lyman Gilmore, Jr.1874 – 1951
Lyman Gilmore, Jr. established the first commercial airport on this site in 1907. To him and his memory the people of this community dedicate this school as the: Lyman Gilmore School Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees Brian A. . . . — Map (db m13289) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Madison Lodge No. 23 F. & A.M.1852 [Logo] 2002 — Masonry in Grass Valley
Madison Lodge #23 was established under dispensation from the Grand Lodge of California on May 4th 1852. Its permanent charter was issued on May 5th 1853. Madison Lodge held its first two meetings at the old Columbus School on the present site of . . . — Map (db m48685) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 855 — Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy
Built by the Reverend Thomas J. Dalton and dedicated May 2, 1865 by Bishop Eugene O’Connell as Sacred Heart Convent and Holy Angels Orphanage. Under the Sisters of Mercy it served from 1866 to 1932 as the first orphanage of the Northern Mines. It . . . — Map (db m12898) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — N. C. N. G. R. R.(Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad)
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 . . . — Map (db m49500) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Nevada County Traction Co.1901 – 1924
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 . . . — Map (db m44294) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 843 — North Star Mine Powerhouse
The North Star Powerhouse, built by A.D. Foote in 1895, was the first complete water powered compressed air transmission plant of its kind. Compressed air, generated by Pelton Water Wheels, furnished power for the entire mine operation. The 30 foot . . . — Map (db m44348) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 799 — Overland Emigrant Trail
At this point the Old Overland Trail approaches the present highway. More than a hundred years ago the trail resounded to creaking wheels of pioneer wagons and the cries of hardy but footsore travelers buoyed by the realization their long trip to . . . — Map (db m10546) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Reliance Hose Company No. 3
This building, housing Reliance Hose Co. No. 3 Since 1891, is hereby marked for preservation, thus honoring The Volunteer Fire Department of Grass Valley March 26, 1988 100th Anniversary of Manzanita Parlor No. 29 Native . . . — Map (db m49554) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — St. Patrick’s Cemetery1853
IN MEMORY OF THE PIONEERS BURIED HERE — Map (db m12900) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — The Alpha Building
The Alpha Saloon and Hall occupied this site until the fire of 1855. After the fire, another wood frame building was erected and a store and barbershop occupied it until the fire of 1862 which destroyed the new building. Using rock from the local . . . — Map (db m48247) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — 914 — The Holbrooke Hotel
The present bar of the hotel has been in continuous operation since 1852, when it was known as the Golden Gate Saloon. The wooden building had a back extension known as the Exchange Hotel and offered food and lodging by January 1853. The saloon was . . . — Map (db m8544) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — GPY 138-05 — The Old Post Office
This building is known as The Old Post Office. It was built in 1914 by the United States Government as the Grass Valley Post Office. From 1914 until 1984 the Post Office functioned form mail, package and gold shipments from the many mines in the . . . — Map (db m85701) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Three Stamp Mill from the Red Ledge Mine
This three stamp mill was donated to the City of Grass Valley by Mrs. Stella Tracy, owner of the famous Red Ledge Mine near Washington, Nevada County, where this mill crushed tons of gold bearing ore for many years. It is erected here in memory . . . — Map (db m71033) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — GPY 135-11 — Union Hill School
Union Hill School was established in March 1868 as a one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of Union Hill Mine. On June 26, 1875, an argument over a trustee election took place at the schoolhouse, resulting in a stabbing and subsequent death. Three . . . — Map (db m105985) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Washington Brewery
Founded in 1858 by John Frank the brewery operated until prohibition. The ownership remains in the Frank family to the present time. — Map (db m48672) HM
California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Williams Stationery Store
This building is known as “The Brick Store of Silvester and Salaman”, it was built in 1854 and completed it 1855 by Henry Silvester and Abraham Salaman. It is both the first and oldest original brick (and stone) building in Grass Valley . . . — Map (db m48373) HM

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