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Time Magazine has called Grass Valley “one of the top ten small towns to live in.” No wonder as it is one of the best preserved gold rush towns in the United States. Grass Valley sits right next to historic Nevada City in the Sierra Foothills. It is right off highways 49 and 20 and only an hour away from Sacramento. Two-and-a half hours will get you to the Bay Area and one hour to Tahoe.
Grass Valley’s boom started around 1850 when two mines, the Empire and North Star gold mines were built employing hundreds of workers who built quality homes. With the discovery of quartz the mining facilities grew. The bulk of these men were from Cornwall in the UK and you can see evidence of their mining food in the two Pastie Shops in town. Grass Valley had several names before staying with Grass Valley: Hangtown, Gold Flat, and Boston Ravine were the ones. The early settlers would often find their cattle straying from Nevada City to “the grassy valley” three miles away. Looks like the name stuck! After the gold rush Grass Valley decided to keep the mines open and with this decision the community grew and families put down roots. Many of the buildings from the gold rush era still stand today giving the downtown area charm and ambiance.
Grass Valley’s elevation at 2100 feet makes it less harsh in the winter compared to Nevada City at 2700 feet. Its temperate climate compliments an active lifestyle. There are abundant hiking and biking trails, fishing streams and nearby ski lifts. Nevada County Fairgrounds is host to a number of wonderful events such as the Cioppino Feed, Draft Horse Classic, Brewfest, County Fair, Antique Days, World Music Festival and Bluegrass Festival to name a few. The 14 miles of trails in and around Empire Mine State Park, the site of the richest gold mine in California, is home to horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers alike. The downtown Center of the Arts presents local, national and international performances on a regular basis. They provide entertainment for all ages and encourage youth groups to participate. Annual Cornish festivals are held in the spring and Christmas season. There are outdoor music concerts, arts and craft fairs and regular Farmer’s Markets. Main and Mill Streets are considered the heart of downtown where you will find several wineries, antique and boutique shops, theater, and some superb restaurants. Grass Valley and the active Downtown Business Association is committed to providing an attractive and quality environment in which to live, work, and play.