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Nevada County Traction Company

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Built in 1901, The Nevada County Traction Company operated an electric streetcar line between downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City. The 4.8-mile route competed directly with the NCNGRR and a horse-drawn stage line for inter-city transportation.

The line prospered for many years until it, too, facednc traction-header stiffening competition. The increase in local travel by personal automobiles after 1912 led to declining revenues for the line. The arrival of the Grissel & Co.’s auto stage (bus line) in 1923 further cut into the streetcar's share of passengers.

A severe snowstorm in January, 1924 damaged many of the overhead wires and blocked the tracks. The traction company didn't repair the damage and the troubled line permanently ceased operations.

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