Historian and author Jerry Brady will be returning to his roots in the Old Red Dog – You Bet mine territory this Saturday for the annual Nevada County Historical Society trek to the site of Placer and hydraulic mining of the 1930’s. Brady and his family members plan to give a detailed description of You Bet as it was when his father and ancestors mined in the area. Brady says stops include a former homestead, town site, historic cemeteries and hydraulic mining diggings and you may see some remnants of the town of You Bet that burned in 1915.
“Things were looking bad and it caught fire up there and burned the whole town down. As a matter of fact, if you walk along the road and keep kicking at the gravel in the road, you’ll still see square nails in the ground.”
Brady published his book, “You Bet – California Gold Fever” in 1982, it was originally 150 pages but has grown to 300 pages as he researches more people.
“A lot of information was from the people in You Bet have come forward with a lot of information and of course, I contacted them too; especially the people from the 1930s.”
The annual Brady Family tour of You Bet and Old Red Dog will be this Saturday October 1st. from 8:30 am to about 2:30 pm. People will gather at the Nevada City Veterans Memorial Building parking lot at the corner of Pine and Cottage in Nevada City and car pool to the sites. Wear clothes and shoes for walking short distances on dirt/gravel ground. Bring a lunch and water and a folding chair or seat cushion as there are no tables at the picnic site. The tour is free and open to the public.