The purpose of the
Historical Landmarks Commission is to promote the general welfare of
Nevada County and its citizens through official recognition, recording,
marking, preserving and promoting the historical resources of Nevada
County. The Commission was created in 1969 by Resolution 69-102 of the
Board of Supervisors. The Commission presently consists of ten members
who volunteer their time. Commissioners are appointed by the Board of
Supervisors, two from each district. The Commission holds monthly
meetings which are open to the public at various sites throughout Nevada
One of the Commission’s principal functions is to assist in identifying historical objects and sites in Nevada County that are worthy of landmark designation and to process landmark registration applications by the owners of the property on which the object or site is located. The Commission then researches and verifies the historical accuracy of the application. Once the Commission concludes that a landmark designation is appropriate, it forwards a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which has final approval authority for all County landmark designations. If the Board accepts the Commission’s recommendation, it enacts a resolution conferring the landmark designation.
Another of the Commission's principal functions is to promote the County's landmarks for the benefit of its citizens and visitors. This is done in a variety of ways, including a website called Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission and a Facebook page. The Commission also publishes a catalog of all the County's over 200 landmarks, in both paperback and electronic formats. Information about obtaining a copy can be found on the website.
Markers & Plaques
The Commission oversees erecting and maintaining appropriate markers and plaques, and generally promoting the County’s historical resources for the benefit of its citizens and visitors.
Since its creation in 1969, the Commission has succeeded in having over 50 historical landmarks designated in Nevada County. In our Documents and Board Resolutions folder, you will find several pages of linked documents and Board resolutions conferring each landmark status, accompanied by the Commission’s application to the Board.
The Historical Landmarks Commission produced a book entitled "Exploring Nevada County" listing various points of historical interest throughout Nevada County. Learn more about these historical sites by visiting the Commission's Interactive Map.