Queen of the Northern Mines
Nevada City is in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 2500 feet. The common saying here goes, “Above the fog and below the snow.” meaning we do not get the Sacramento winter valley fog or the snow from Lake Tahoe.
Nevada City was founded in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. It became one of the richest mining areas in California and thus was given the name “Queen of the Northern Mines”. The population reached well over 10,000 at its height.
Today, with a population of just over 3000, Nevada City retains its cultural heritage with the beauty of its site and the character of the old restored buildings. The entire downtown is an award winning historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the downtown the streets branch out to wonderful neighborhoods filled with restored Victorian homes and large Maple trees that turn the town into a New England look-alike in the fall.
Modern day Nevada City is full of unique shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and award winning musical and theater productions. It is a town that has attracted many artists, musicians and writers, giving it a new, rich culture. And the area has also attracted many high tech business companies who have been able to relocate from Silicon Valley for what they see as a much better quality of life for their families. With housing 20% to 40% less than the Bay Area and some of the top schools in the state, Nevada City has become a one of the most desirable small towns in the nation.
Nevada City is in one of the most popular areas for outdoor sports and has been named one of the top 10 outdoor recreation destinations by Outside Magazine. There is the popular Yuba River, many lakes, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, skiing, snowshoeing and much more. All of this is within 15 minutes to an hour from your home, if not right outside your door.
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