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The Purpose of the Commission

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Nevada County lay at the heart of the 49er experience. Many thousands came here to make their fortune and much evidence of their successes and occasional failures remains. From bustling towns still largely unchanged from the Gold Rush era to ghost towns, from gold mines and mining equipment to covered bridges and the first long-distance telephone line, these and much more can be found among the almost 200 historical landmarks situated in Nevada County. The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission exists to help you find and enjoy them. A good way to start is by using our interactive map, developed with the support of the Nevada County Geographical Information Systems unit. With special thanks to Sarah Deal of the County’s GIS unit, the latest version of the interactive map is now live. Here is the link if you want to take it for a spin.

Interactive Map


Visit Your County’s Landmarks

Monday May 28 is Memorial Day. The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission reminds you there are several areas in Nevada County you might wish to visit to honor those who died while fighting for our country. 

In Nevada City, Memorial Grove is located on Max Solaro Drive in Pioneer Park. It contains monuments and plaques honoring those who died in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War on Terror and those missing in action. 

In Grass Valley, Memorial Park is located at the corner of Race St. and Colfax Ave. It contains monuments and plaques honoring those who died in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam war and a Marines Memorial. Also in Grass Valley, at the entrances to the Greenwood and Catholic cemeteries on W. Main St., you will find memorial flagstaffs. 

Further information, including the texts of the plaques, can be found in our publication “Exploring Nevada County” available in electronic format from You Bet Press (www.youbetpress.com) and in paperback at many local stores


New Video

Here is a link to a video produced by the Historical Landmarks Commission called Landmarks of Nevada County: Preserving Our Unique History. Enjoy!

Our Book

The 2018 Edition of our ebook, Exploring Nevada County, is available for the iPhone and iPad and the Amazon Kindle. For more information, click here. Copies of the earlier paperback edition are still available. Click here.

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  1. We were just at Donner State Park for the Pioneer Monument celebration. A speaker for your group mentioned that the statue was unveiled by Kathryn De Rome. This is true, but Helen Chapman, daughter of Dr. C. W. Chapman, chairman of the Donner Monument for the Native Sons of the Golden West, also shared the honor. According to family history and Doris Foley’s book, The Pioneer{Donner} Monument, the honor was shared by both girls. It is mentioned on page 23 of her book. She was a close friend of Dr. Chapman, both of them, and others were founders of the NC Historical Society. Fifty years later, Helen Chapman was invited to the park to reenact the unveiling. I hope this information will be added to the history of the Monument in Nevada County. My wife, Debbie Chapman Luckinbill, and I still live in Dr. Chapman’s home in Nevada City. Thanks for your time. Jim Luckinbill

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