No county in the Gold Country is more intimately connected with all aspects of gold mining than Nevada County. An exhibit of hundreds of mining artifacts, including a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump...


933 Allison Ranch Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-4255   [map]

Completed in the Spring of 1861, this firehouse was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. During those nearly 80 years, horse -drawn fire wagons and handcarts...


214 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-5468   [map]

Located in Nevada City, California, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era....


5 Kidder Court
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 470-0902    [map]

The Searls Historical Library is the archive of the Nevada County Historical Society. Established in 1973, the Searls Library has become one of the premier libraries of materials on the area's history...


161 Nevada City Hwy.
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-5910    [map]

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The Nevada County Historical Society had its beginning in the fall of 1944 after being inspired by Dr. Robert E. Burns, President of the College of the Pacific. Dr. Burns was interested in the preservation of the history of the Mother Lode and gold country, and he spoke to the Grass Valley Lions Club about organizing a county historical society.                        

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Thursday, July 21  Marty Colman-History of Bear Yuba Land Trust.

August 5-6  Railroad Museum Yard Sale

Thursday, August 18  Peter Mires-Rustic Tahoe Architecture

Thursday, September 15  Gage McKinney-The Story of Errol MacBoyle and the Idaho-Maryland Mine