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The recent past in Nevada County is interesting to many, especially those who are new residents. Let’s take a look at some of the facts, figures and events from the past 50 years. Some are valid today.

1. Between the years 1950 and 2000, Nevada County’s population (rounded off to the nearest 1,000) increased by (a) 71,000, (b) 50,000 or (c) 45,000.

2. During that same time period, which of the following was not acquired for public use: (a) the Nevada Theatre, (b) the Empire Mine or (c) Lake Englebright.

3. Which of the following numbered highways does not traverse part of Nevada County: (a) SSR 174, (b) SSR 20 or (c) I-80.

4. Recreation land in Tahoe National Forest accounts for (rounded off to the nearest 100) acres is: (a) 150,000, (b) 169,000 or (c) 230,000.

5. How many libraries are there in western Nevada County: (a) 3, (b) 2 or (c) 4.


1. (a) 71,000. County population in 1950 is listed at 19,888 and in 2000, 91,100. It more than tripled during that time period.

2. (c) Lake Englebright. It was already a public facility. The name honors former Congressman Harry L. Englebright of Nevada City, who served from 1926 until 1943.

3. They all do! SSR 174, the Colfax Highway, runs from Grass Valley to Colfax. SSR 20, formerly known as the Tahoe-Ukiah Highway, runs from Noyo Harbor at SSR I to I-80, and is the transcontinental highway from the Bay Area to the East Coast via Nevada County and Donner Summit.

4. (b) Listed acreage is 169,045. Headquarters for the Tahoe is on SSR 49 in Nevada City.

5. (c) 4. The main library, Helling at Rood Administrative Center, Nevada City; the Foley History Library, Nevada City; Grass Valley Public on Mill Street, which should be named the Royce for Josiah Royce (see The Union, Nov. 10, 2001) and the one you forgot, the Searls Genealogy Library, Nevada City.

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