Plaque honoring Jewish Gold Rush community vandalized

A plaque at Hirschman’s Pond honoring Leb Hirschman and the Jewish Gold Rush community has been vandalized.

“Unfortunately it was not ‘paint gun’ paint that could be easily removed,” said County Executive Officer Alison Lehman. “It was latex paint and we were unable to scrub it down. 

“The plaque was taken down and Nevada County Facilities will use paint remover to fully clean it.  Once the sign is cleaned up, it will be reinstalled next week.

“Those of you who are familiar with the trail know there are several nature signs that lead you to the pond.  All other signs were untouched. It was clear the plaque was targeted.”

A vandalism-hate incident will be reported to the Nevada City Police Department.

Author: jeffpelline

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.

One thought on “Plaque honoring Jewish Gold Rush community vandalized”

  1. The problem here is who is hating whom. Is it Neo-nazis attacking jews, indigenous people attacking the gold miners who took their land, or just some random act of vandalism that is being interpreted as a hate crime because the plaque just happened to honor the Jewish Community ? It is hard to know at this point.

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