Defined by many as the finest preserved of the Gold Rush Towns, Nevada City is rich in history.  In 1849 a prospector found gold in Deer Creek, and soon the miners were pulling as much as a pound of pay dirt a day from the creek.  The town was first called Deer Creek Dry Diggins, but was changed in 1850 to "Nevada".  It became Nevada City soon after to avoid confusion with the state of Nevada.

Nevada City is set among the tall pines, Victorian houses, and the many historical buildings.  The historic district includes 93 buildings that are listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and there are 18 landmarks that are also registered.  There are many quaint shops, an abundance of artistic pursuits, and so many superb restaurants, that Nevada City has been given the nickname of "Carmel of the Sierra Foothills". 


Early Morning Milk Delivery From The Past

 

NEVADA CITY information

 

NEVADA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

MAP OF NEVADA CITY 

 


Victorian Architecture Still Abounds

 

YEARLY EVENTS

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION (February)

NEVADA CITY BIKE CLASSIC (June)

SUMMER NIGHTS CELEBRATION (July)

CONSTITUTION DAY (September)

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS (December)

 


The Nevada Theater

 

LOCAL LINKS

INFORMATION FOR NEVADA COUNTY

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NEVADA COUNTY GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

PLACES TO STAY

NEVADA COUNTY BUSINESS

 

THINGS TO DO
IN NEVADA COUNTY

NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

EMPIRE MINE STATE PARK

THE GROWERS MARKET

LAKES OF NEVADA COUNTY

HIKING IN NEVADA COUNTY

 

Yuba River

Scotts Flat Lake

 
 
Location and Geography - Nevada City is located in the state of California, county of Nevada, at 39°15'41?N, 121°1'7?W (39.261435, -121.018602)GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 km² (2.1 mi²)1,429/sq mi (545.6/km²) Nevada City is the county seat of Nevada County, California, USA, 166 miles (267 km) northeast of San Francisco. In 1900, 3,250 people lived in Nevada City, California; in 1910, 2,689 lived there. The population was 3,001 at the 2000 census. The name comes from the Spanish word meaning "snow-covered," referring to the snow-topped mountains in the area. 

History -  Nevada City was first settled in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, under the name Nevada (the "City" was added later to avoid confusion with the State of Nevada). In 1850-51, it was the most important mining town in the state, Nevada County being the leading gold-mining county in the state. Nevada City was incorporated in 1875 and chartered in 1885.

Notable Residents Present and Past
Singer/songwriter Alela Diane is from Nevada City. 
Singer/songwriter and ex-Supertramp member Roger Hodgson has lived in Nevada City. 
Singer/songwriter Adam Kline of the indie-pop outfit Golden Shoulders is from Nevada 
City. 
Joanna Newsom grew up in Nevada City, which she claimed to be "swarming with artists and hippies and old 
prospectors.... 
Folk singer Utah Phillips lived in Nevada City, prior to his death. 
Bassist Jennifer Burnes member of the critically acclaimed San Francisco psychedelic instrumental surf band, The Mermen, is a former resident of Nevada City.