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Mining is our history

I recently revisited Grass Valley for a family reunion. My family goes back four-plus generations, and I consider it my hometown. Predictably when I returned, something historical was missing. It was the gold miner on the back of the Del Oro.

Mom explained to me that the community thought the mining history wasn’t relevant to the town anymore so the old sourdough was gone. Many mining innovations started in Grass Valley. The innovations are in the history books, though you will have to go out of town since most of the books discussing the historical advancements have been removed from the Josiah Royce Library (as has the Josiah Royce Plaque). The Gold Bowl and Gra-Neva’s have been demolished to build a Holiday Inn. The inn is located in what was one of the largest “Chinatowns” in California. The other towns in the area erect statutes (Colfax and Auburn) or name districts (Nevada City) to their smaller “Chinatowns”. What is next, Jones’ Hospital, The Union Building or perhaps the Catholic Cemetery for a condominium complex? Call your elected officials for the information. Grass Valley would make an interesting History Channel story of what not to do.

Ned Wilson



Talent, Ore.


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