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NCHS Speaker Night Features the Towles of Placer County

The Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation Tonight (Apr 17) will feature the history of the Towle Brothers. Three brothers came to California from Vermont in the 1850’s to seek their fortunes. They settled near Dutch Flat in Placer county in the late 1800’s and are best known for building a narrow gauge logging railroad.  Historian  Roger Staab  reveals they found their fortunes not in sierra gold, but in the logging railroad,  a family lumber empire and  the company town of Towle.
Click here to listen to Roger Staab

The brothers moved their logging railroad further and further into the forest for timber to feed their sawmills.
Click here to listen to Roger Staab

Staab’s  newly published book about the Towles is the topic of his speaking night presentation .  he will talk about   the logging railroad, sawmills, and businesses they built and operated  as Towle Brothers Company, the town of Towle they created in the Sierra foothills to support their lumber empire, and includes interesting stories about their heirs.
Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night is   at 7pm this evening  in the Madelyn Helling Community Room. The talk is free, open to the public and will run about one hour.

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