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Welcoming monument to be finished this year

Drivers entering Nevada County from the southwest could be welcomed in the near future by a monument commemorating the area’s mining history.

A gateway monument to the county, just past the Placer County line and Bear River Bridge, was approved in 2003 by the Board of Supervisors. But the project stalled one year ago when a disagreement arose with the first firm contracted for it about the final design and cost.

This week, Supervisor Sue Horne got the project rolling again when the board voted unanimously for a revised design of the natural stone structure, which will be 7 feet tall, 14 feet wide and up to 5 feet thick.



The original design was done for fake stone to help stop graffiti. But Horne said the monument’s close proximity to Highway 49 at Rincon Way will be so visible that vandals would be hard-pressed to draw on it.

The large stone monument will be on the east side of the road and have a plaque in the middle of it stating, “Welcome to Nevada County, Established 1851.” The current design has the likeness of a miner panning gold at each end.




“We may modify the miner a bit, but you’ll know it’s a miner gold panning,” Horne said. The $20,000 cost will come from community donations gathered by the county’s Chambers of Commerce.

Caltrans has already poured a concrete pad for the monument and will have to grant the county a permit for it. Sandstorm Signs of Quincy did the design and the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce will contract with the firm to do the work.

Company owner Rob Conover said the monument will be made with gray andocite, the most common stone in the Sierra.

Horne said if all goes well, the monument will be completed by the end of this year’s construction season.

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To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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