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Historical Society to host speaker

Author Jan Westmore will be the guest speaker for the Nevada County Historical Society’s speaker night presentation June 20. Westmore will speak about the building of the transcontinental railroad and the symbiotic relationship between Colfax and Nevada City/Grass Valley, especially during the 19th century.

Colfax served as the distribution center for supplies and mail to foothill towns and miners’ claims. The town received gold en route to banks and produce for transfer to markets. Modes of transport ranged from horseback, wagon and stagecoach until the building of the railroad. Ferries gave way to toll roads then to rails. The construction of the transcontinental railroad, followed by the narrow gauge railroad, enabled not only a more efficient transfer of goods but also a window into national markets. Arcadia Publishing recently released “Images of America: Colfax,” a photographic history of Colfax, the railroad and neighboring towns. Jan will share some of her photographs and maps of the area during that period.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. June 20 at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history the third Thursday every month. For information, visit http://NevadaCountyHistory.com or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.


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