Nevada City dignitaries and members of the community gathered on the corner of Railroad Avenue, and Sacramento Street just above the freeway exit to celebrate 68 years of railroad history in Nevada County. Clampers Square is the home to a new monument celebrating the Narrow Guage Railroad years of service in the county running passengers and supplies to and from the gold mines to Colfax. Daniel Ketcham with the Nevada City Historical Society explains the Nevada City terminal was the end of the line in Nevada County.
Ketcham also joked about the ceremony running a little bit behind schedule on Saturday. He says running late is nothing new to the NCNG railroad.
Former council member and long time public official David Parker was on hand. He was Mayor when the project began three years ago.
Current Mayor Erin Minett is also inspired by the fact that the NCNG was operated by a woman, Sarah Kidder.
The historical society also dedicated the kiosk to long time member and former county librarian Madelyn Helling who recently passed away. Kathy Wilcox Barnes spoke fondly of her good friend.
Eventually, the conductor loaded the historical society members on to refurbished #9 car named after Sarah Kidder; and engineer John Christensen with his grandson as his assistant brought the car down 300 feet of track, breaking through a ribbon officially kicking off the ceremony. Ken Mathaison is part of the group.