First settled in 1849 as “Nevada” but not incorporated until 1856 and the word “city” added in 1864.
Today the town features many period buildings including hotels and a brewery. A popular destination when touring California’s Gold Country.
Luzena Wilson was one of the town’s most famous residence. Her well documented life during the California Gold Rush provides a glimpse into life as woman during this time. Upon arriving in Sacramento a miner offered her $5 for her biscuits. She thought the offer a fortune and hesitated, the miner then doubled her offer.
She quickly realized her potential as an entrepreneur and upon moving to Nevada City she was serving 20 miners dinner the first night before her husband returned from mining. She created the El Dorado Hotel in Nevada City which later burned.