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‘The way it was’ recounted in new book

Would you like to know something about Nevada City’s first millionaire senator? Or read about a perilous December night in 1964 when a winter storm almost destroyed the Bridgeport Bridge?

If you’re a history buff, look out for Bob Wyckoff’s “The way it was: Looking back at Nevada County,” an anthology of his columns on local history, expected to appear later this fall.

“The book is a collection of 58 columns I’ve written for The Union for the past seven years,” Wyckoff said. “They are historical sketches about people, places and things in the past in western Nevada County.”

The Union is publishing and marketing the book, while Pediment Publishing in Vancouver, Wash., is designing and printing it, Wyckoff said.

“These are great stories people will enjoy,” said The Union publisher, Jeff Ackerman. The book has “interesting photographs that could not be published in the paper” due to lack of space, he added.

This is the third book on local history The Union has put together, Ackerman said. The two earlier books were “Nevada County Historic Photo Album” and “Nevada County Memories.”

“Bob Wyckoff is a very popular columnist,” said Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris, who’s helping with the production of the book. “He has a way with words. I think people will really enjoy having all his columns in one place.”

Wyckoff moved to Nevada County in 1959, and he worked for The Union full-time as a feature writer and photographer from 1961 to 1964, Wyckoff said. Since then, he has freelanced for The Union.

Wyckoff also has freelanced for the San Francisco Examiner, Los Angeles Times, Davis Enterprise and Daily Democrat in Woodland, he said.

Wyckoff’s book will be about 125 to 130 pages when finished, Harris said. The book should be available for purchase in late November, she added.


To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.comor call 477-4229.

To order “The Way it Was”

Local historian Bob Wyckoff’s new anthology, “The Way it Was: Looking Back at Nevada County,” will sell for $39.95 (plus tax), with a pre-publication discount price of $29.95 (add $2.20 tax for a total of $32.15).

When the books become available, they can be picked up at The Union office, or send $5 per book shipping and handling to have them mailed (for a total of $37.15 per book).

Three-volume sets of Wyckoff’s new book, plus “Nevada County Historic Photos Album” and “Nevada County Memories,” sells for $79.95 reserved ahead ($119.85 post-publication) plus tax of $5.90 for a total of $85.85. The set can be picked up at The Union or mailed for $10 per set (for a total of $95.85 per set).

Send orders with checks to The Union Book Offer, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The book is expected to become available in late November. The discounts expire Nov. 30.

– The Union staff

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