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Duplicating preservation efforts?

Duplicating preservation efforts?

I read with interest your article of July 22 where “Grass Valley may eventually conduct an inventory to determine which structures ought to be preserved in an effort to prevent demolition of historic buildings.” Those who are about to propose it to city officials need to do some research. In an article from the May 11, 1994 The Union, Grass Valley appointed a historical commission which was “charged with identifying buildings or sites of historical importance, researching the town’s ethnic history, researching historic names and hamlets, and making recommendations to the City Council regarding historical landmark designations.”

Further, the City Council was to work with the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission and the Nevada County Historical Society. It would seem that since we have not gained any “old historic buildings” that this would be a duplication of time and effort and both could be better spent actually preserving historic Grass Valley, rather than demolishing historic sites such as the Julia Morgan House, etc.

Tourism is a major factor in Nevada County’s economy and trickles down. What sets us apart from the many other Gold Rush towns is our great number of historically preserved houses and buildings. Any city or town in the country can build “new reproductions” of old towns. The tourists don’t visit Gettysburg, Williamsburg or Nevada County to tour modern structures and reproductions.

Maria E. Brower

Grass Valley

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