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The third annual “Old Alleghany Days” is coming up Saturday, and Penn Valley resident Don Jones – an unabashed Alleghany fan – wants readers to know what a treat the old town is. “It’s the most authentic gold- mining town left in California,” Don said.

The full-time residents only number about 80, but the town does boast an authentic, working gold mine, the Sixteen to One Mine. Tours of the mine begin at 10 a.m. and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children, which Don called “a bargain.” Bring a flashlight and boots if you want to tour the mine.

The town no longer has a general store because that location now houses a museum. But when it was in operation, the miners would shop there and pay for their goods in gold.

“The whole place feels just like stepping back in history,” Don said. You just wonder how long this town will be preserved the way it is.

There will be a flea market and craft fair going on, as well as mock gunfighters. At 2 p.m. there will be a Hardrock Drilling Contest, where contestants attempt to drill through granite, either alone or in pairs. (There’s even a miner’s term for that: “Single Jack” means one miner drilling and “Double Jack” is a pair.)

Food will be available at the event. If you want Don’s recommendation, he suggests a hamburger at Casey’s Bar. “Best hamburger I’ve ever eaten,” Don says. He also said that JoAnn “the jelly lady” who is always at the Growers Market, lives in Alleghany and will be selling her jellies.

Music will be provided by the Djunkyard Gypsies and Shay Dillon and starts at 3 p.m.

To get to Alleghany, take Highway 49 past the middle fork of the Yuba River. At that point there will be a sign saying Alleghany – 19 miles. The Old Alleghany Days celebration is a benefit for the Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department.

Call Rae at (530) 287-3223 if you want more information.

Going out to the fair? Stop by The Union booth at the Nevada County Fair today to meet Design Editor Kim Midboe (9 a.m. to noon), Webmaster Dayna Amboy (noon to 2:30 p.m.), City Editor David Griner (also noon to 2:30), and Editor Rich Somerville (5 to 7:30 p.m.).


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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