Thursday, March 31, 2011

The History and Significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad


Have you ever heard of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad? This 22 mile railroad connected Nevada City to Colfax where passengers and freight could be transferred to trains heading east or west on the Transcontinental Railroad. But, like many things in this region, its rich history is deeply rooted in gold. During its 66 years of operation from 1876 to 1943, over 200 million dollars worth of gold was hauled over its rails. But its relationship with gold is just one reason it was significant to the region.

To learn more about this railroad, including what a narrow gauge railroad is, please join us at the Bernhard Museum Winery on April 9th at 1:00 p.m. for this free program presented by Ron Kapper, historian for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.

The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn.

For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Weber Cylinders

The Adolph Weber program last weekend was terrific! Dr. Meloy’s presentation was informative and entertaining. One piece of new information he shared with us was that Judge Prewett, who presided over the Weber trial, ordered that the trial be recorded on wax cylinders. Whether this was actually done is not known. If you, or someone you know, have wax cylinders that bear the title Weber, Prewett, or Placer County Superior Court, please contact us at 530-889-6500.