Nevada City combines the appearance of the past with business of the present. It is among the most colorful of the Gold Rush Era Towns. The entire downtown district is now a national historic landmark. Bordered by the Tahoe National Forest it is surrounded by Pine, Cedar and Fir covered hills and mountains. While today’s population is slightly more than 3,000, in the mid 1800’s there were as many as 10,000 folks living here. Nevada City now offers fine dining, historic lodging and nearly year round live theater as well as a variety of shops, galleries and museums.
- Historic District including 93 buildings is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- There is a plaque in the parking lot of the National Hotel dedicated to the ladies of the night and their special contributions to the Gold Rush Era.
- Early miners pulled as much as a pound of gold a day from the deposits along Deer Creek which flows thru Nevada City, CA.
- Nevada City, CA was home to former President Herbert Hoover as well as US Senators, George Hearst, A.A. Sargent and William Morris Stewart.
- The consolidation of water companies that formed PG&E happened in Nevada City and its first general office was in the National Hotel.
- Plans for the College of California were structured here, it later became the University of California, Berkeley.
- The annual bicycle classic is held in Nevada City, CA
- Nevada City hosts the yearly Nevada City Film Festival and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival