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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 over 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.


Landmarks Commission celebrates 50 years

April 29 marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission. On April 29, 1969, the Board of Supervisors enacted Resolution 69-102 creating the Commission. To commemorate the anniversary, the Commission held a gala reunion party of all present and former Commissioners, as well as other guests involved in the work of the Commission. About 50 people attended the party at the historic North Star House, a local and national landmark.


Further information about the Commission can be found on this website and in its publication, Exploring Nevada County, available both in electronic format from You Bet Press and in paperback from Comstock Bonanza Press.


Nevada County unveils its newest historical landmark plaque: 309 Broad St, currently the Golden Era Lounge

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is delighted to invite the public to its March 29 unveiling ceremony for a new plaque to be installed at 309 Broad St. in Nevada City, the site of the Golden Era Lounge. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm and will include historical information about the site provided by property owner Steve Giardina. Light refreshments will be served.

309 Broad St. was landmarked by the Commission in 2017 and has served as a saloon or bar since the Gold Rush era. It was masterfully renovated by Steve and Cindy Giardina, who reopened it as the Golden Era Lounge in 2015. It has many historical features, including a bar that is over 120 years old. 

Our video

Below is 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. See the menu for more information.

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