"The Gold-Mining City of Grass Valley" Grass Valley by WulfstanTraveller
Grass Valley Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 57 photos
Grass Valley is one of the most prominent former gold-mining towns in the entire state of California. Situated in Nevada County, an area rich in Gold-Rush and gold-mining history, it is arguably second only to its immediate neighbour, Nevada City, in terms of gold-mining importance, and certainly ranks in the top few towns along with Nevada City, Sonora, Auburn and Placerville. Initially playing second fiddle to Nevada City, for a few years the number one gold-mining city in the state and 2nd or 3rd largest city in the state, Grass Valley eventually surpassed its neighbour as the premier source of gold.
The city's early and long-lasting importance has left its mark in the large downtown and old neighbourhoods full of historic commercial and residential buildings.
As with most of the old mining towns, much of the old character has survived because it became a backwater later, with development passing it by through much of the 20th century. It like Nevada City, it also was spared the worst devastation from freeway development that has horribly scarred both Auburn and Placerville. While a freeway goes through the town, Hwy 49 is not the major artery that I-80 and Hwy 50 are and it was built further out from downtown instead of plowing right through the old heart.
Empire Mine, just outside of town, was the highest-producing hard-rock gold mine in California history. In operation... more travel advice
WulfstanTraveller's Related Pages
Grass Valley Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Grass Valley: Historic Gold Mining Town"
- "California Gold Country"
- "The Gold-Mining City of Grass Valley"
- "Hometown: Grass Valley, CA"
- "One day i will to Penn Valley.Lake Tahoe.and more"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Grass Valley
- Hotels in Grass Valley
- Nightlife in Grass Valley
- Restaurants in Grass Valley
- See All...
Explore the World
Badges & Stats in Grass Valley
- 2 Reviews
- 2 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 0 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (17)
Have you been to Grass Valley?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Grass Valley
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Santa Rosa Intro, 99 reviews, 153 photos, 3 travelogues
- San Francisco Intro, 61 reviews, 149 photos, 2 travelogues
- Istanbul Intro, 64 reviews, 136 photos, 2 travelogues
- Portland Intro, 32 reviews, 148 photos, 5 travelogues
- Sacramento Intro, 29 reviews, 86 photos, 3 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Petaluma Intro, 33 reviews, 49 photos, 2 travelogues
- Bursa Intro, 21 reviews, 58 photos
- Ankara Intro, 15 reviews, 63 photos, 2 travelogues
- Sitka Intro, 15 reviews, 46 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Safranbolu Intro, 13 reviews, 47 photos, 1 travelogue
Latest Grass Valley hotel reviews
- Holbrooke Hotel
- 84 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 27, 2013