IT HAPPENED AT THE NATIONAL: The Story of the National Exchange Hotel, Nevada City, California—The Center of Town Life for Over 150 Years, by Maria E. Brower


Probably the oldest continuously operating hotel in California. An accurate history of this hotel could not be written without including the colorful historical background of Nevada City from Gold Rush days right up to the present, or describing the fascinating careers of people who made the mining town hum. It was said that over $8 million passed over the counter of the National Hotel bar in the 19th century. Such annoyances as neighboring brothels were handled with discretion on all sides. Copiously illustrated and full of anecdotes, a book for all ages to enjoy and savor.

182 pp. 63 illus, 3 maps; paperback $20.00