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Old Posted Nov 8, 2007, 8:20 PM
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California Gold Country

Gold Country: Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City

The foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California are scattered with small towns that originally came into being following the discovery of gold in 1848, particularly along present day Highway 49. I grew up in one of these towns (Grass Valley) and the effect of the gold mining past on these towns can still be seen today (at my high school we were The Miners). Here is map from Google to get a frame of reference where I am talking about:



Auburn (pop 12,462)



Auburn is the administrative seat for Placer County, one of the fastest growing counties in California. The city is ever more becoming the northeastern edge of the greater Sacramento metro area stretching up Highway 80.





















































For all its preservation of downtown, the majority of current development runs along Highway 49 in the form of strip malls and looks like this...onward to Grass Valley



Grass Valley (pop 10,922)



My home town. Grass Valley is the location of the Empire Mine, one of the richest gold mines in all of California (if you ever get a chance to visit, you should). My pictures are just of downtown, but, the city itself sprawls up and down highway 49, including many unincorporated areas.









A bit of San Francisco style victorians...







Our tallest on the right. It's a residential building for seniors.







This is a historical landmark. Some say it is haunted?





















The Del Oro, our original movie theatre, still showing movies...



















GVPD, not exactly excitement central.















Nevada City (pop 3,001)



The administrative seat for Nevada County, Nevada City is just two miles from Grass Valley so they are essentially the same metro area. But, Nevada City is more historically preserved, partially due to a ban on most chain stores within the city limits. While both GV and NC have sizable artist communities, Nevada City’s is more "eclectic".

Used for strip mining...



There are a lot of good restaurants downtown, this is one of them (or used to be anyway).















Another historical landmark, lots of plays are held here.

















A reminder we're in the mountains





















A bit of Art Deco



And unfortunate Modernism









Even a small town like Nevada City is in on the Mixed Use/Downtown Condos craze.







That's all. I hope you enjoyed my tour of my home town.

Part 2: Coloma, Placerville, Amador City, Sutter Creek
Part 3: San Andreas, Angel's Camp, Jackson
Part 4: Sonora

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Tour of California

Part One: Los Angeles
Part Two: Hollywood, Pasadena, Glendale, Beverly Hills
Part Three: Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach
Part Four: San Jose
Part Five: San Diego
Part Six: Fresno
Part Seven: Stockton, Modesto

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Wow - very bootyful towns! Love 'em.
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That was top notch! It's nice to see some different California towns than the usual suspects. All we need is some Placerville now...
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wow, looks like a fabulous place. there's lots about california i don't know. thanks for the tour.
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That was top notch! It's nice to see some different California towns than the usual suspects. All we need is some Placerville now...
Jackson is another good one.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Hell these towns really are California's beginning. This is where the "dream" began so to speak. I have been through these areas and they are really amazing. Photos can't speak to how bootyfull these towns are.

The amount of preserved old school buildings is unparalled in California.

My favorite oldschool small towns: Nevada City, Bisbee AZ, and Jerome AZ unbelievable views in Jerome!!!!
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Such a different world from the big cities. Yet very impressive none the less...

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Fabulous! I love the Gold Country. There are so many towns like this of various sizes up and down the region. One of these days I'm going to take the time to drive from one end of 49 to the other, spending time in each of them. I've driven various stretches of it from Grass Valley down to Jamestown, and spent time in several of the towns. But I've never done the whole thing.
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How cool, I currently live in Penryn about 5 miles from Auburn.

Ha, Del Oro beat Nevada Union this year.
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Hell these towns really are California's beginning.
Maybe for English-speaking Americans...
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I have some pics of P-ville and Lotus/Coloma; just need to upload them.

BTW, great pics.
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Thanks for sharing these photos of such a unique part of the country. I have a question though. If Nevada City lost 2 people, does that mean it loses governmentf funding?
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Gold country is one of the few California regions I haven't made it to yet. Thanks for showing me what I'm missing out on. I need to make it up there as well as Sactown.
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Jackson is another good one.
Great Pics. I had a great time in a Gold Country town called Sutters Creek once. Hopped around the wine region that surrounds it which was absolutely beautiful. I also hear good things about Sonora and Angels Camp (which I believe still holds it's annual frog jumping contest.)
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wow, great photos!

hope to visit some day.
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I'm sure I've stop in one of those towns on our way with a tour to the wine country just east south east of Sacramento. Its so familar, and in one of the photos I think I even see the restaurant we went to.

I didn't get any food as some idiot who eat there on a regualar basis when they would visit choose it as a great place for breakfast. Well I guess it is, but not a place to could handle and sit 50 people in a tour group. I ended up not eating anything due to our limited time before the bus move on. Let just say I had a buzz really early, and all day. Hell we went to like 18 wineries that day. The agenda was bus unload passengers, taste the wine (no I didn't spite mine out), buy, move on to the next. It was all fun, thank god I didn't have to drive.
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Maybe for English-speaking Americans...

Yeah I forgot to add that part. I guess the Spanish and their enslaving of the natives in "Missions" was really the beginning of California for Europeans
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I can almost smell the pines from here.
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Such a nice thread I think it deserves some gold.

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