Gold was discovered in California in 1848. At the end of the year and beginning of the next year, Grass Valley was discovered, by settlers looking for fertile ground to raise cattle and possibly find gold. With many rivers and streams in the area, this is where early miners looked for pay dirt. Legend be told, that while looking for his cattle, a miner tripped over a rock and when he took a closer look it shined with gold.
After gold was discovered, Grass Valley was prospering until 1855, when 300 buildings were destroyed by a fire. After town was rebuilt, there was another dark cloud that loomed over the town folk, finding the gold in the streams and rivers was getting harder. That is why the Cornish and Irish miners came to America. Their techniques in hard rock mining were superior to anything, for this reason Grass Valley prospered again by the 1860’s.
The two biggest mines shut down after a little over 100 years of operation due the change in gold prices and cost of operating the mines. The mines have been revitalized as museum and parks that, draw thousands of people a year to learn how life was in the mines.
There are many things to do in Grass Valley and the surrounding areas, from visiting the shops, dining at the various restaurants to the many winery. There is something for everyone in the town.
Grass Valley is rich in history and is a great place to visit and a wonderful place to live and raise a family.