Bridgeport Historic Ranch and Famous Covered Bridge, Nevada County, CA

By Judy Pinegar Feb 26, 2017 –           It was a beautiful sunny/cloudy day in Nevada County. Having a bit of cabin fever due to all the rain, John and I set out for Bridgeport with Hershey, our beautiful, black, half Labrador dog.             Stopping first on the other side of the Yuba River, the […]

The Mad Russian of Texas Creek

One of the most colorful characters in Nevada Irrigation District’s history is the legendary “Mad Russian” of Texas Creek.  The solitary but likeable emigrant loved his vodka and garlic, talked to the animals and even kept a pet skunk during 13 years as a ditch tender at the isolated mountain station. Born in Russia, Walter […]

Nevada Irrigation Districts Lakes and Canals have Unusal Titles

How’s the water out there in Wiskey Diggins Canal? Was the Fiddler Green Canal titled after an early day musician? Did you ever wonder how the DSL Canal was named? The names of water storage and distribution facilities throughout NID are colorful and unusual but, unfortunately, the origination of many of them has been lost […]

Seeking Community Showcase Acts for the Nevada County Fair

Applications available for those interested in performing or demonstrating at this year’s Fair  The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10.  Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your […]

The History of Nevada County

By Judy J. Pinegar The earliest settlement in Nevada County was made in the summer of 1848 at a place called Rose’s Corral which was located between the Anthony House and Bridgeport. Early in the spring of 1849 a group of mountaineers from Oregon known as the Greenwood Company mined for gold at Illinois Bar […]

The Town of Washington (originally called Indiana Camp) Nevada County, CA

By Judy J. Pinegar This little town in Nevada County is located on the banks of the South Fork of the Yuba River. It is located off Highway 20 between Nevada City and Interstate 80. Washington boasts a population on about 200, but that fluctuates seasonally and the town has a lot of tourist traffic […]

Penn Valley, California

By Judy J. Pinegar The first residents of the area were the Maidu Indians, who migrated in about 1833 from the Sacramento Valley. The four main areas they lived were the sites now called Bridgeport, Lake Wildwood, Indian Springs and Money Flat. However everything changed with the discovery of gold and the white settlers moved […]

Rough & Ready, California

Picture courtesy of the Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce By Judy J. Pinegar The first established settlement in Rough and Ready was made in the fall of 1849 by a mining company from Wisconsin known as the Rough and Ready Company. Their leader, Captain A. A. Townsend, named the company after General Zachary Taylor […]

Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_TjI2qLwBI The Empire Mine is the site of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold.This 5.8 million ounces of gold would fill a box 7 feet on each side. It is estimated that this represented only 20% of the […]

History of the Nevada County Narrow Gage Railroad

Nevada County Narrow Gage Museum, Grass Valley, CA The need for rail service in the semi-mountainous and wooded area of Grass Valley and Nevada City was precipitated by mining operations subsequent to the California Gold Rush. In addition, timber operators wanted to make their land accessible to the Southern Pacific Company in Colfax. On March […]