Smartsville / Big Oak Valley
Smartsville, located along Highway 20 between Marysville and Penn Valley, is situated on the outskirts of Yuba County. A rural area, Smartsville offers striking views and country living for those looking outside of Nevada County.
During the California Gold Rush, Smartsville was a small pioneer town where placer mining was extensively practiced. The first building established in the city was a hotel built by James Smart, a local hotel proprietor, in 1856. This piece of Gold Rush history remains intact to this day. In 1861, a Catholic church—the Church of Immaculate Conception—was erected. Although burned down in 1870, a new building took its place the following year and is still standing at Main and O’Brien streets today.
Remains of the once lively gold mines developed in Smartsville, as well as the scars of hydraulic mining operations, can still be seen among the surrounding hills. One mining company, the Excelsior Company, washed about eight million cubic yards of soil and plant material into the Yuba River at Smartsville between the 1850’s and 1878, when hydraulic mining practices ceased. Just north of Smartsville, a great gash in the hillside—remnants of the once popular mining camp of Sucker Flat—still remain today.
Smartsville offers properties with large rock outcroppings, oak and Manzanita tree cover, and wide open spaces. Lake Englebright is a short drive for boating, wake boarding, water skiing and fishing. Grass Valley/Nevada City to the east or Marysville/Yuba City to the west are each only a 20 minute drive for shopping and metropolitan activities. For more information on properties available in Smartsville, contact one of our real estate agents or browse the listings below.
Smartsville / Big Oak Valley Homes for Sale
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