Nevada City celebrates its 162nd birthday

WHAT: Nevada City Celebrates 162nd Birthday
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Nevada City Hall, Council Chambers, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Free to the public

On Thursday, April 19, Nevada City will celebrate its 162nd Birthday and to commemorate the occasion, city council members will host a party at City Hall.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

9 thoughts on “Nevada City celebrates its 162nd birthday”

  1. 162 years? All that really!? It can’t be true, surely no one was even alive back then!
    Actually, 162 summers is a mere blip in time compared to the more than nine thousand years of stewardship provided to these lands by the Nisenan.
    I must say, speaking from my native heritage, we can’t say we love what you’ve done with the place.
    But, it does kinda grow on you.
    Will there be cake?

    1. From I have heard there will be some sort of cake, maybe cupcakes. Just attend and you will discover something !!!

  2. Well, at least it’s the 162nd anniversary of Nevada City’s third incorporation. Also this year, the 140th anniversary of the town’s fourth (and final) incorporation can be celebrated.

    According to pioneer Charles Marsh, who was at the meeting, the name Nevada was agreed to April 17, 1850 –– which means the community (as opposed to the government) is turning 168 this very day.

    For me, at least, the community’s birth date is more significant than its incorporation date –– be it the first, second, third or fourth version. As Judith reminds us all, however, even Charles Marsh was a Johnny-come-lately.

    But, what the heck –– a party’s a party, right?

    Happy Birthday!

    1. Mr. Cottrell,

      The town’s name is Oustomah, and has been for millennia.
      The original inhabitants of Oustomah were murdered for their lands.
      Asking a Nisenan to celebrate the holocaust of the “Gold Rush”, is a bit like asking Jewish people to celebrate the establishment of the Third Reich or Hitler’s birthday.

      However, I get it.
      The Gold Rush vibe is a marketing tool and this town needs tourists.

      1. Judith:

        You are correct, but my comments were in the context of City Hall continuing to observe 1856 as the year of Nevada City’s birth. For a town that prides itself on celebrating its history, why erase six years from its birth certificate? (Erasing millennia, of course, is another story –– and one that needs to be told).

        During the 18 years I taught Nevada City history through the Elder Hostel program, I always made sure to tell people that Oustomah was the town’s original name, and I explained why. Glad you reminded me and others of that fact.

  3. Jeff, if you don’t mind our policy of nude swimming only, sure, you can jump from the roof of the house!

  4. Thank you Mr. Cottrell,

    I know that I annoy folks with my constant reminders about the Nisenan, and I don’t like doing it either.
    It is uncomfortable for me, but I see this as a case of unfinished business for the soul of the city.
    Someone has to step up and see this thing put right.
    The Nevada County B.O.S. needs to rescind its disastrous recognition of the Tsi-Akim Corporation and grant it to our true heritage tribe, the Nisenan of the Nevada City Rancheria.
    Do the supes really want a huge ugly casino in our county?
    Mayor Strawser spoke of having public talks about this matter to get it all out in the open.
    The community deserves the truth, but I will believe it when I see it.

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