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It’s either history or nostalgia

AT THE END of 2003, we presented a feature we called “It’s Either History or Nostalgia.” It was mainly pictures of people, places and events of 40 or so years ago in Grass Valley. There was much positive comment. So let’s take a look, in photos, of scenes then and now in Nevada City and Grass Valley going back 40 or so years. Regarding the Jan. 22, TIMELINE: none of the answers mentioned the South Yuba Canal building so our TIMELINE/HISTORY guy thought it necessary to run a photo showing the entire complex from another angle.

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Bob Wyckoff is a retired Nevada County newspaper editor, photographer and author of local history. You may e-mail him at: bobwyckoff@infostations.com or Post Office Box 216, Nevada City, CA 95959-0216.



Broad Street before the Downtown Betterment Project of 1972, looking westerly from The National Hotel was a real maze, a jungle. Signs almost touched in the middle of the street. Compare today’s photo taken from the same location.

Left: Today things are different. No signs hanging out over the street, gas street lights and granite curbstones are a few of the changes.




Left: Mill street, mid-’60s, looking south from its intersection with Main street. What a vision polluting maze of wires. The street is being graded for installation of new pavement. Above: Today, taken December ’04, what an improvement. Now both the Twin Cities have undergrounded utilities and have installed gaslights standards. Grass Valley’s are electric while Nevada City’s burn natural gas.


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