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Penn Valley
Nevada County, California


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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Penn Valley is approximately 1,387 (2000), 1621 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 628 (2010).
The amount of land area in Penn Valley is 5.449 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Penn Valley is 2.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Penn Valley to Washington DC is 2505 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 49 miles. (as the crow flies)
Penn Valley is positioned 39.19 degrees north of the equator and 121.18 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Penn Valley elevation is 1,400 feet above sea level.
Penn Valley median income is $ 35,962 (2000).
The Penn Valley median home price is $ 168,800 (2000).


about 50 miles north east of Sacramento and east of Marysville on Highway 20. Other nearby communities include Lake Wildwood, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra, Beale AFB, Nevada City, Lake of the Pines, Loma Rica and Meadow Vista.
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moderate. During the summer there are mostly dry days and cool nights. The rainy season is usually between November and April. Extremes in weather are rare for this area.

Here is a weather page for the area.
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History & History Related Items

A history page for Penn Valley

According to a legend, Penn Valley got it's name from the fact a livestock "pen" was built there in the early days. For lack of a better name, folks started calling it "Pen Valley". An extra "n" was added sometime later and it became "Penn Valley". (item taken from above website. Much more information is available on the webpage)

One of Penn Valley's early nicknames was "Pantry of the Northern Mines." The area had many farms, ranches and was known for its rich agricultural lands.

A history page for the Penn Valley area
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Nevada County Gold on-line
The official Nevada County Tourism Pages on the Net

Bridgeport Historic State Park
Built in 1862, Bridgeport is the longest single span covered bridge in the country. It is 251 feet and one of just 14 covered bridges in the state. It was constructed from local Douglas fir on granite blocks using a unique type of construction called the Warren Truss with an auxiliary Burr arch. The bridge was used extensively during the Gold Rush days by Wells Fargo stagecoaches as they rode to the different northern mines.
Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-2546

Attractions in the area.
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Penn Valley City Government

Penn Valley
PO Box 202
Penn Valley CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-1802

Penn Valley Chamber

Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 202,
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: (530) 432-1802
Fax: (530) 432-7762

Penn Valley Organizations

Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 202,
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: (530) 432-1802
Fax: (530) 432-7762

Penn Valley Libraries

Nevada County Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City Ca 95959
Phone: 530-265-7050
Toll-free: 1-888-831-1407

Penn Valley Schools

Williams Ranch School- (K-3)
14804 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: (530) 432-7300
Pleasant Valley School District
14804 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-7311 Penn Valley


The population of Penn Valley was:
1990 - 1,242
2000 - 1,387
The Penn Valley area is an unincorporated area of Nevada County and includes several areas besides the central town. The above figures are only for a small portion of Penn Valley. The population figure for all of Penn Valley is about 12,000 people.

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