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Historical Society examines foothills' link to the transcontinental railroad

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation at 7 p.m., June 20, when author Jan Westmore will speak about the building of the transcontinental railroad and the symbiotic relationship between Colfax and Nevada City/Grass Valley, especially during the 19th century.

Colfax served as the distribution center for supplies and mail to foothill towns and miners’ claims. The town received gold en route to banks and produce for transfer to markets. Modes of transportation ranged from horseback, to wagon to stagecoach until the building of the railroad. Westmore will also share some of her photographs and maps of the area during that period.

The presentation will be at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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