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What’s in a name? On Tuesday, I went to see something in Grass Valley which will be the subject of an upcoming story. But what I want to tell you about is getting directions to this guy’s house. It sounded like he said he lived on Reeger Court. “Reeger,” I asked? “Can you spell that?”

“It’s not Reeger, it’s Reefer,” he said.

“Reefer?” I asked. “Uh, is that spelled like r-e-e-f-e-r?”

“Yes, that’s it.”

I stopped, wondering if I was hearing him correctly.

“You mean Reefer, like, um … slang for marijuana?” I asked.


So, I couldn’t just leave it at that. I had to ask – how in the world do you name a street after a slang phrase for an illegal drug?

Apparently the first man to build a house on the street let his daughter name the street and she, at age 14, chose the name Reefer Court.

I asked if that is a problem, explaining your street name to people? He said it was, especially when his teenage daughter has to tell people she lives on Reefer Court.

“We’ve tried to get it changed. It practically takes an act of Congress, and every neighbor has to be in agreement,” he said.

For history buffs: Ralph Beard wants the word to get out about this event. At 7 p.m. Monday, author Jack Duncan, who wrote “To Donner Pass From The Pacific,” will be speaking at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge. The book tells the history of what is now Highway 80 (previously U.S. 40). Jack will have a one-hour slide show about the trials and tribulations of this historic route. Monday night is also Taco Night at the Elks, and that’s one of the best dinner bargains in Nevada County. Only $1 for a large beefy taco. Taco Night goes from 4 to 7 p.m., and then the lecture begins at 7. Call Ralph with questions at 432-5383.

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