Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night March 17th

On March 17th the Nevada County Historical Society presents retired Ranger Chuck Scimeca , who will be speaking about when California first became a state and how the miners settled their disputes as they made their way from Parks Bar up the Yuba to Bridgeport in 1848 and 1849. You will hear about the Nye brothers, the first to build a ferry across the Yuba, and, understand how Mathew Sparks, David Wood & Thomas Freeman gave birth to California’s early transportation and road system. You will learn why the Henness Pass carried more freight and passengers to the Comstock Strike in Virginia City faster than any other road in the Sierra Nevada. You will hear of the men who started PG&E and built the west’s earliest hydroelectric plant transmitting power to Nevada City & Grass Valley, located just upstream from the Hwy 49 Crossing at the South Yuba River State Park. Chuck will tell of the building of the longest hydraulic mining flume to the gold fields, the “Excelsior” and how it became part of NID and now is the Nation’s first Wheel Chair Wilderness Access Trail. This is a story that needs to be told before it is forgotten.

The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every
month except December, at 7:00 PM.

For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham @ (530) 477-8056.

When: Thursday, March 17th 7:00 pm. Come early for a good seat.  We’ve been having standing-room-only crowds.

Where:  Madelyn Helling Library 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.  Take Hwy 49 north toward Downieville and turn right at Maidu Ave, toward the Rood Government Center, and then follow the signs to the Helling Library.

Cost: Free!

Refreshments: Yes!

Length: About 1 hour

The Nevada County Historical Society features free presentations about local history the third Thursday of every month except December at the Madelyn Helling Library.