Nevada City author publishes history book |

Nevada City author publishes history book

Starting today, Nevada City author Robert M. (Bob) Wyckoff’s first volume in a series of local history books titled “Local History Makes Good News! Stories from Nevada County Newspapers” is at local bookstores and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office.

Included among the 16 stories and 50-plus photos in the inaugural volume are “A Grass Valley Landmark Tumbles,” Wyckoff’s eyewitness account of the Empire Mine’s three-story-tall head frame blown up in 1969, a Fourth of July celebration with President Herbert C. Hoover as grand marshal in 1935, and a look at how the Nevada Theatre transformed from a movie house back to a playhouse.

“I want to share my more than 40 years’ experience studying and writing about area history,” said Wyckoff, a former newspaper reporter/photographer, editor and publisher of The Nevada City Independent. “There are many folks unfamiliar with the recent past. I particularly want to give our newer residents a look at where we as a society have been and some of our recent experiences.”

All the entries in “Local History Makes Good News!” have appeared in western Nevada County periodicals such as The Union, where Wyckoff is now a history columnist; a few have been carried in newspapers from Sacramento to San Francisco. Some of Wyckoff’s photographs were used by the International News Service and the Los Angeles Times.

While a Nevada County correspondent in the 1960s for the now defunct Sacramento Union, Wyckoff’s work was also syndicated by Copley News Service, that paper’s owner.

The cover of “Local History Makes Good News!” is a montage of nameplates from area newspapers, and their changes during the past four decades. Wyckoff worked at all the newspapers.

A “meet the author” and book-signing is set for March 27 at The Book Seller in Grass Valley.

E-mail Wyckoff at with any questions about his new history book.

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