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Travel Blogs from Grass Valley
Saturday July 12, 2014
Today was a rest and relaxation day. The afternoon was spent at the pool reading, swimming and some conversation with our fellow campers; for dinner we visited a local restaurant for a meal of prime ...
... a film explaining the discovery of gold the formation of
the town. We wandered around the town which had several period buildings, a functioning blacksmith shop and a recreation of the saw mill near which gold was discovered. After a picnic lunch we headed north on CA Rt. 49 to “Nevada City” an old gold mining town where we strolled Main Street of the historic district and did a little shopping.
... the wooden sidewalks past the
beautifully restored store fronts containing restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors’, candy stores clothing stores and souvenir shops. We also walked down to the river where there is a paddle wheel boat that is now a combination restaurant, bar and hotel. It was an enjoyable afternoon.
... that in 1848 the population in California was still dominated by Native Americans - 300,000 lived in California, and that in the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills where gold was discovered land was still occupied primarily by Native Americans who had lived on the land for thousands of years.
As happened in most places in the United States, the Native population was decimated, but not destroyed by disease, war, and the ...
... are as they were over a hundred years ago, except for more modern roadways. They are quite picturesque. Our hunger to visit old towns is satiated so we visit Yuba State Park and the Empire Mine State Historic Park to round out our visit.
Tomorrow we head south past Sacramento, Stockton and Santa Nella and head over to Highway 101. Our travels will be coming to a close in the next few days as we inch closer to home.