Nothing illegal |

Nothing illegal

Nevada County has quite a few Victorians, some lovely. But it has only one house of truly national merit. Unfortunately this gem was allowed to deteriorate over the years until it was acquired by Terra Alta Development, which had no interest in protecting and preserving this historic structure. Nor did the City of Grass Valley or the county. So who is Terra Alta? Names, please.

Fortunately, Bruce Conklin recognized the great value and importance of this house, and set out to save it. He worked tirelessly to educate a neglectful community. He opened eyes, gaining support from many now giving their time and effort to turn back the clock on years of neglect.

This historical treasure and the 14 acres accompanying this gift will become a beautiful, multiuse park if farsighted people working toward this prevail. Baseball parks (your obvious preference) can be built anytime, in many places, but the Julia Morgan house is one of a kind. Not replaceable.

About your daily attacks on Conklin: Despite all the heavy breathing from The Union, nothing illegal was done. Just a great deal of very hard work to save a precious piece of Nevada County history.

Jane Powell

Chicago Park

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