A Nevada City treasure you’ve never heard of
April 28, 2014
Chances are that as a nature-loving Nevada Countian, you've driven by our business but have no idea about who we are or what we do. Maybe if I tell you our name, it might jog your memory.
Diamond Arrow. Does that sound familiar? No? You know that place on North Bloomfield that you drive by as you're heading down to the Edwards Crossing fork of the South Yuba River? There's a ball field and a bunch of buildings. Yeah! That's us!
Diamond Arrow is a Christian Conference Center. We provide food service and lodging to groups who plan their own programming. We cater mostly to church groups, but we also host several school groups, as well as other professionals year round.
Over the past year, I have discovered that there are a lot of locals who don't know about us, and I can't imagine why since we have been around for over 50 years.
In 1962, the Church of God Association bought Diamond Arrow as the new site to hold its annual camp meeting. Prior to the association purchasing the land it was a boys' ranch, a horse ranch, an apple orchard and a stagecoach stop. The grave of the stagecoach owner's son, Thomas I. Ralston, is located on our property. This area of North Bloomfield is also notorious for the 1891 attempted burglary of gold bullion and the murder of Mr. Galivotti, who was the manager of Dirbec Mine.
In the last 52 years of ownership, there have been many changes at Diamond Arrow. We have gone from solely offering accommodations to groups affiliated with the Church of God to hosting groups from many different religious affiliations, music camps, Gold Rush school field trips and inner city youth volunteers. We have gone from offering only tent and RV sites to offering cabins, dorms and hotel-style lodging. We also offer many outdoor activities including basketball, volleyball, hiking, archery, disc golf, swimming, a rock climbing wall and a high-ropes course.
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Maybe you've seen all the kids running around as you drive by on your way to the river, but we're not just a kids' camp. We also have retreats for men and women here year round.
So for those of you who haven't heard of us, come check us out. We have so much to offer Nevada County. Our staff is friendly and willing to do what it takes to make your group's stay a great experience. We are one of the many gold nuggets tucked into Nevada County that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
In the past year, we have been updating many of our facilities. We are currently raising money to modernize Mountain View Lodge, which is a lodging facility that many men and women's groups enjoy using. We hope to put new carpet in every room, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and replace furniture and light fixtures.
If you'd like to help us in this endeavor, please consider attending our first Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction on May 10. Come support a local nonprofit business and check out Diamond Arrow for your next conference.
You can find more information about Diamond Arrow and our fundraising efforts online at http://www.diamondarrow.org or give us a call at 530-265-3295. We hope to see you soon.
Heather Ray lives in Grass Valley.