Yuba County Then & Now

yuba-cnty-yellow-mariposa-lilyEstablished in 1850 as one of California’s first 27 counties, Yuba lost lands within its original borders to Nevada and Placer counties in 1851, and Sierra County in 1852.  Three ranchos—Theodore Cordua’s Honcut Rancho north of Marysville, John Sutter’s Nueva Helvetia, and William Johnson’s ranch on the Bear Continue reading Yuba County Then & Now

Nevada County Then & Now

Nevada CountyAlthough it was a prime gold region and therefore an area of intense interest since 1849, Nevada County was not organized as a separate jurisdiction until 1851, created from a portion of Yuba County.  The word nevada is Spanish for “snowy” or “snow-covered.”  The historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley opened Continue reading Nevada County Then & Now

El Dorado County Then & Now

El Dorado Sly ParkWhen it was created as one of the 27 original counties in 1850, El Dorado’s 20,000 residents qualified it as the most populous county in the state.  More than 700 mining sites sprang up in the county during the height of the Gold Rush, although in later years El Dorado would lose portions of its original geographical area to Continue reading El Dorado County Then & Now