The Pioneers: Charles Weber

The son of a Protestant minister, Weber was born in Germany in 1814, and educated by private tutors. In 1836 he journeyed to America to see an uncle who had immigrated to Illinois. Apparently he never made this visit, occupied instead by business ventures in New Orleans and an excursion to Texas to fight with Continue reading The Pioneers: Charles Weber

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