Seeds of our history |

Seeds of our history

A town’s history reaches far into its future.

The first immigrants came here seeking a lucky strike. Failing that, some resorted to taking gold from the pockets of others. Many venerated families established themselves here via “high-grading,” a euphemism for stealing gold from your employer’s mine. Years may add charm to the stories, but the practice was as ignoble then as taking cash from someone’s till or welfare fraud is today.

Hydraulic mining washed millions of tons of earth and rock through the streams and onto our neighbors in the valley below. Marysville’s farmers waged legal battles with us for years to halt the destructive operation. We forced them all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court and lost, yet hydraulic mining continued in defiance of the court’s ruling for years.

We read the current local stories of discord, meth labs, burglary and worse, shake our heads and ask ourselves, “When did our little town go wrong?” A better question is, “What can I do to make it right today?”

Scott Robinson

Nevada City

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