Timeline of events: 1946-1960
1946 — The Nevada County Sportsmen Club founded as a trap-shooting club. The Sportsmen continue to support the community today, through volunteer activities and facilitation of fundraisers for youth and education programs such as 4H and the Junior Olympic Archer Development.
1950 — Cold war conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces on Korean Peninsula. North Korean communists invade South Korea on June 25, 1950.
1953 — Charles Litton moved the machinery manufacturing division of Litton Industries into a large, modern facility in the Sierra foothills. This new home in Grass Valley, California would grow to become a center of excellence — carrying on the traditional established more than 20 years earlier.
1956 — The Empire Mine, which produced 5.8 million ounces of gold, ceased operations. It is estimated that the amount of gold extracted represented only 20 percent of the available gold in the mine. The Idaho Maryland Mine closed that same year.
1957 — The New York Giants baseball team approved to move to San Francisco, along with the Brooklyn Dodgers — relocating to Los Angeles — which brought Major League Baseball to California, where the Pacific Coast League had been a huge draw.
1959 — Grass Valley Group founded by Dr. Donald Hare as a research and consulting firm. The company’s first major engineering project was the design and manufacture of a panoramic sound system for Cinerama Inc.
1959 — Alaska becomes the 49th state (Jan. 3) and Hawaii becomes the 50th (Aug. 21).
1960 — George Brewer had Joseph Alioto form an investment partnership with a plan to buy adjacent ranches and other properties to create a several-thousand-acre residential community, known today as Alta Sierra. Soon after, Lake of the Pines and Lake Wildwood gated communities were developed, drawing thousands of new residents to Nevada County.
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