A free party celebrating a single letter of the alphabet might sound like a stretch, but in the town of Smartsville, it's very fitting.
The community just over the Nevada County line on Highway 20 started out as Smartsville right after the Gold Rush. In 1909, the U.S. Post Office eliminated the middle "s" from the town's name.
The name officially remained Smartville for years, which upset residents who continued to call it Smartsville anyway.
Last summer, resident Kit Burton and Sacramento historian Kathy Smith decided to get the "s" back by petitioning the U.S. Board of Geographic names. The board came through in August and the town had its letter and identity back.
To celebrate, area residents are invited to an old-fashioned party with cake and punch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 22. The party will be on the grounds of the old Catholic church and will move to the Smartsville Fire Station.
"We got the 's' back, and got a lot of publicity about it," Burton said. "We just wanted to do something to celebrate it with no admission fee, and anyone can come by."
Copies of Smith and Lane Parker's book, "Smartsville and Timbuctoo," will be on sale along with Smartsville T-shirts and mouse pads. For more information, call Burton at 743-0413 or Smith at 916-838-2757.
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