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Grass Valley, California: Parade street scene circa 1910. Vintage, mounted 15.8cm. x 25.3cm. image size photograph. Very good condition.

SKU: Grass Valley, CA $9.95
Grass Valley, which was originally known as Boston Ravine and later officially named Centerville, dates from the California Gold Rush, as does nearby Nevada City. When a post office was established in 1851 it was renamed Grass Valley the following year for unknown reasons. The town incorporated in 1860. Grass Valley is the location of the Empire Mine and North Star Mine, two of the richest mines in California. Many of those who came to settle in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall, England. They were attracted to the California gold fields because the same skills needed for deep tin mining were needed for hardrock (deep) gold mining. Many of them specialized in pumping the water out of very deep mining shafts. This followed the disastrous fall in tin prices as large alluvial deposits began to be exploited elsewhere.