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

Del Norte County Then & Now

Del Norte Battery PointLocated in the northwestern-most corner of California, in 1857 Del Norte County was carved from a portion of Klamath County (which itself was established in 1851 but then disestablished in 1876). The first explorer to reach the area overland was famed mountaineer Jedediah Smith in the late 1820s, a time before Continue reading Del Norte County Then & Now