Picturing the past in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

Picturing the past in Nevada City

Jahna Marshall of Grass Valley stopped Monday in front of Tanglewood Forest at 313 Broad St. to peer at a photo of Hotel de Paris, which, according to the photo caption, was approximately in the same location many decades ago.

“I love seeing it because it shows what the town was before,” Marshall said.

A walk down Nevada City’s historic downtown could be more vivid all month long for visitors who have a chance to view nearly 50 old photographs depicting what several key buildings once looked like.

The old photos are in the windows of numerous downtown businesses for “Windows on History,” an exhibit through the end of October.

“It’s just to celebrate the historic nature of Nevada City,” said Terry Mohr, a volunteer with Nevada City Downtown Association, which organized the photo display. This is the third year the association has organized the historic photo display in downtown storefronts, he said.

The enlarged photos date from 1857 to 1920, Mohr said.

“It gives you more of a perspective of what the town used to look like,” said Sue Nadeau, of Grass Valley. Nadeau stopped to look at old photos of the Nevada County Courthouse as she showed visiting friends around the historic downtown.

The association also plans guided tours of historic buildings with the old photos from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, starting at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.

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