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Natural Beauty and a Tranquil Lifestyle
Located in the scenic Sierra Foothills of Northern California, Penn Valley is a great place to raise a family or retire in serene surroundings. For nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, the community is a year round playground. The Maidu Indians were the first to reside in what is now known as Penn Valley. Four camps settled in the area at sites now called Bridgeport, Lake Wildwood, Mooney Flat and Indian Springs. In 1848, discovery of gold in California brought the first white settlers to Penn Valley which is believed to be the earliest settlement in Nevada County. They traded bows, arrows and rifles to the Indians in exchange for animal skins. Early settlement of the area occurred in part due to its location on a freight wagon route established between mining regions to the east and Sacramento. Penn Valley was an important stop with livery and blacksmithing services available. Growth of the area also came about when discouraged miners gave up their gold pans for plows and the valley became an agricultural community. Known as the 'Pantry of the Northern Mines,' the area had some of the finest land in the state and supplied fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to freight wagons heading to mines as far away as Nevada. Today, Penn Valley schools are top-rated and it's always fun to recreate at Western Gateway Park. Signature events, such as the Penn Valley Rodeo and Rodeo Parade, the Daffodil Run and Living History days at Bridgeport offer exciting and educational experiences. Sacramento, Truckee, Lake Tahoe and Reno are all within a 1.5 hour drive and the historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are only minutes away.
Penn Valley remains a community of peaceful natural beauty with a tranquil lifestyle. Yet, it continues to provide opportunities as evidenced by new commercial ventures and residential growth. The area still maintains a 'small town' atmosphere which has attracted both retirees and families. Residents may see horses on riding trails, llamas peering over fences, deer and wild turkeys. Visitors and residents can enjoy fall colors, country roads, the 88 acre Western Gateway Park, and historic Bridgeport and Englebright Lake which are both within an easy drive.