Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night this Thursday evening, March 17, will feature retired Ranger Chuck Scimeca with some railing tales of the early miners as they made their way from Parks Bar up the Yuba to Bridgeport in 1848-1849.
That’s at Point Defiance where Lake Englebright is today. Scimeca will also tell the story of Henness Pass which carried more freight and passengers to the Comstock Strike in Virginia City faster than any other road in the Sierra.
click to listen to Chuck Scimeca
Scimeca will also tell of the men that started PG and E and built the west’s earliest hydroelectric plant transmitting power to Nevada city and Grass Valley. And, he will tell of the building of the longest hydraulic mining flume to the gold fields, the “Excelsior” and how it became part of NID and now is the Nations first Wheel Chair Wilderness Access Trail. Speaker Night begins at 7 pm at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, presentations are free and open to the public.