October 27, 2014

Introduction to Grass Valley

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country 


A Little Background
It was here, in what was once the richest gold-bearing region in the state, that gold mining became a well-organized industry.  Hard-rock mining began in 1850 and since then more gold was taken out in Nevada County than ever was mined in the entire rest of the world!  Many advanced mining techniques were developed and first used here. 

Visitor Information
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce  128 E. Main St., (800) 655-4667, (530) 273-4667.  M-F 9-5, Sat 10-3. 

As is true in most Gold Rush towns, there are plenty of
antiques shops:

Antique Gallery  202 W. Main St., (530) 272-2327. 
This small, clean shop features a stone wall and a nicely curated collection.  It specializes in lighting, pottery, and tin toys. 

Antique Palace  138 E. Main St., (530) 273-8043.  Daily 10-5. 
This sprawling store has a mish-mash of vintage goods.

The Clocksmith  217 W. Main St. 
This small shop has original brick walls and a nice selection of clocks and silver mixed with some contemporary items. 

Grass Valley Antique Emporium  150 Mill St., (530) 272-7302. 
This medium-size shop is worth a browse.  

More things to do in Grass Valley.

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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