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Mining part of history

Marilyn Sims-Hill Kuebler & Margaret "Peggi" Fretwell-Hill Rogers

What is Grass Valley about? George Knight discovers gold quartz in 1850 right here in Grass Valley on Gold Hill. After James Marshall discovered gold on the banks of the American River Jan. 24, 1848, causing a flurry of skilled hard rock miners from Cornwall, England and Ireland and their families to come and open the mines in 1867. During the mining era, they produced more than $400 million in gold, putting food on the tables and clothes on our backs. That’s all Grass Valley knew was mining – it was a very sad day in 1956 when they closed the mines, putting many many men out of work, including my father. I’m glad to see the possibility of reopening the Idaho Maryland Mine and put people back to work.

So let’s put our heritage the “gold miner” back on the wall of the Del Oro Theater where it belongs.

Marilyn Sims-Hill Kuebler



Margaret “Peggi” Fretwell-Hill Rogers

Bandon, Ore.


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