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The Cities and communities of Nevada County, California *


Alta Sierra

Cedar Ridge

Graniteville, Grass Valley

Hobart Mills

La Barr Meadows, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood

Nevada City, North Bloomfield, North San Juan

Penn Valley

Rough & Ready

Truckee

Washington


*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

Nevada County Website

Nevada County, California
Eric W. Rood Administrative Center
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-1218

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Population:

1900 - 17,789
1950 - 19,888
1980 - 51,645
1990 - 78,510
1993 - 83,600
1995 - 85,900
1999 - 89,600
2000 - 92,033
2001 - 93,100
2002 - 95,300
2003 - 96,100
2004 - 97,447
2005 - 98,394

Housing Units:
2000 - 44,282
2005 - 48,499

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Location:

Neighboring Counties:
North - Sierra County, California
South - Placer County, California
East - Washoe County, Nevada
West - Yuba County, California

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Climate:

Annual rainfall: 54 inches
Annual snowfall: light about five times per year

Average Winter low: 31
Average Summer low: 54

Average Winter high: 52
Average Summer high: 88

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Other Facts and Figures:

Per capita income:
1999 - $24,007
2000 - $24,007

Median Household Income:
2000 - $45,864
2003 - $47,626

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History:

Nevada County was created in 1851 from parts of Yuba County. The county was named after the mining town of Nevada City, a name from the term "Sierra Nevada." The word nevada in Spanish means "snowy" or "snowcovered."

An interesting historical tidbit but we're not sure of the validity. The county lines are said to have been drawn to resemble a gun pointing at Nevada because early residents were angry with the state of Nevada for stealing their county's name.

A Nevada County history page

A history page for the Penn Valley area
A history page for the Grass Valley area

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Geography:

Total area: 974 square miles
Total land area: 958 square miles
Total water area: 17 square miles

Elevation
Grass Valley: 2,200 feet above sea level
Nevada City - 2,500 feet above sea level
Truckee - 5,900 feet above sea level

The western side of Nevada County has several rivers and the borders are defined by these rivers creating quite irregular borders. The eastern county area was included in Nevada County to have access to the transcontinental railroad in the Truckee area. An interesting note is that with this addition to the county, it has the shape of the Deringer pocket pistol which was favored by many during this time period.

Lakes of Nevada County

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Genealogy:

Nevada County US GenWeb page

The Political Graveyard for Nevada County

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Libraries:

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

Nevada County Law Library
201 Church Street, Suite 9
Nevada City CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-2918

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Schools:

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
112 Nevada City Highway
Nevada City, CA 95959

Grass Valley School District
10840 Gilmore Way
Grass Valley, California 95945

Pleasant Valley School District
14804 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-7311

Pleasant Ridge Union School District
22580 Kingston Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Phone: 530-268-2800
Fax: 530-268-2804

Nevada Joint Union High School District

Nevada City School District
NCSD, 800 Hoover Lane
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-1820

Chicago Park School
15725 Mount Olive Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District
11839 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-582-2500
Fax: 530-582-7606

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Economy:

Nevada County Economic Resource Council
P.O. Box 515
Grass Valley, California 95945
Phone: (530) 274-8455
Toll-free: (888) 811-4621

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Organizations & Groups

Grass Valley and Nevada County Chamber
248 Mill Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
Phone: 530-273-4667
Toll-free: 800-655-4667 (in California)

South Nevada County Chamber
10063 Cambia Road, Suite C
Auburn, CA 95602
Phone: 530-268-7622

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-2692
Fax:: (530)265-3892
Toll Free: 1-800-655-NJOY (1-800-655-6569)

Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce

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

Grass Valley Downtown Association

Nevada County Arts Council

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Nevada County

Truckee-Donner Historical Society

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Attractions & Other Information

Nevada County Gold online - The official Nevada County Tourism Pages on the net

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Music in the Mountains

Nevada County Airport
Nevada County Farm Bureau

Sucession Days in Rough and Ready

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum
5 Kidder Court at Bost Ave.
Nevada City
Phone: (530) 470-0902

Grass Valley Museum
Former convent, orphanage and school built in 1865, with memorabilia of early Grass Valley and Mount St. Mary's Academy.
Corner of South Church and Chapel Streets
Grass Valley, CA
Phone: (530) 273-5509

Firehouse No. 1 Museum
Relics of the Donner Party, Maidu Indian display, Chinese and Pioneer exhibits, and items of the Gold Rush era.
214 Main Street
Nevada City, CA
Phone: (530) 265-5468

Scotts Flat Lake
Five miles East of Nevada City off Hwy 20
The area is located at the 3000-foot elevation level of the Tahoe National Forest. Modern RV sites, restrooms and hot showers are available for guests. Ice and camping supplies are located nearby, as is a playground. Guests have access to a complete boating facility including a full service marina store, mooring, gas and oil. There is a picnic area with BBQ grills, tables, and swimming beach located on the grounds. Guests can relax in this truly four-season vacationland. The park has 143 sites with a maximum length of 36 feet.

North Star Power House and Pelton Wheel Mining Exhibit
At the North Star you will find displays of mining equipment and artifacts from the 1880's awaiting visitors. On display is the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed and used to generate power for mining operations. You will also see the largest operational Cornish pump.
The museum has a secluded picnic area; just walk across the bridge that crosses Wolf Creek and sit alongside this rushing creek where lunch can be enjoyed at picnic tables.
Mill Street & McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA
Phone: (530) 273-4255

Empire Mine State Historic Park/Bourn Cottage
The Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of the oldest, richest, hardrock gold mine in California. Please call ahead for hours of operation
Information (530) 273-8522

Imaginarium Science Museum
112 Nevada City Hwy.
Nevada City CA 95959
Phone: 530-478-6415
The Imaginarium is a hands-on science museum that offers special exhibits twice a year.

Teddy Bear Castle Museum:
203 S. Pine St.
Nevada City CA
Phone: 530-265-5804

Silicon Valley of the Sierras
Over 50 high tech and applied tech companies, and more than 1,000 hardware and software design and development professionals call Nevada County home. The county is sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Valley of the Sierras".

Learn lots about Nevada County

Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens
16343 Auburn Road
Grass Valley CA 95949

Nevada County Concert Band

Fall Colors in Nevada County

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