Sunday, December 17, 2006

Protecting and Advancing Our Golden Heritage

What is being done here on a small scale can be considered on a larger one embracing the American River Watershed, the natural heart of the gold discovery area, through the National Heritage Area program, a part of National Parks we have suggested as a way to preserve and protect the Parkway, through designation of the watershed as the Rivers of Gold National Heritage Area.

One example of it working is the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area at

Sierra gem's all aglow
Once a rough-hewn mining town, Nevada City has prospered by preserving and polishing its past.
By Dorothy Korber - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, December 17, 2006

Nevada City is so quaint, so picturesque, so absolutely charming in its Victorian delectability, that it doesn't look quite real. It looks like the set for a Hallmark holiday special.

Actually, it is.

The TV movie, called "A Christmas Card," is airing this month on the Hallmark Channel, and Nevada City plays a starring role as itself.

Because, actually, Nevada City is quite real.

You can savor it yourself today and Wednesday evening during the town's Victorian Christmas festivities. Strolling under the flickering gaslight along the historic streets, with carolers warbling and chestnuts roasting, it's easy to fall under the spell of "the Queen City of the Northern Mines."

"It's like a postcard, but it's real," says Beryl Robinson. "It's simply real."