National Exchange Hotel

Coordinates: 39°15′45″N 121°1′1″W / 39.26250°N 121.01694°W / 39.26250; -121.01694
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National Exchange Hotel
National Hotel in 2007
Location211 Broad St., Nevada City, California
Coordinates39°15′45″N 121°1′1″W / 39.26250°N 121.01694°W / 39.26250; -121.01694
Architectural styleVictorian, brick
Part ofNevada City Downtown Historic District (ID85002520)
NRHP reference No.73000416[1]
CHISL No.899[2]
Added to NRHPOctober 25, 1973

The National Exchange Hotel (also known as the National Hotel) is located in Nevada City in the U.S. state of California. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a California Historical Landmark, it is one of the oldest continuously operated hotels west of the Rockies.[3] It opened in August 1856 under the name of "Bicknell Block".[3]

In 1863, there was a fire and the hotel was shut down for a temporary period of time. By 1894, a new balcony had been added to the hotel (pictured).[4] At a civic affair in San Francisco a Nevada City businessman, John J. Jackson, claimed that a meeting that took place in 1898 at the National Hotel was the creation of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.[4][5] In 2012, the hotel was the subject of an episode of Ghost Adventures.

National Hotel in 1894

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "National Exchange Hotel". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "California Landmark 899: National Hotel in Nevada City, California". Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Brower, Maria E. (October 2005). Nevada City. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 61–62, 67. ISBN 978-0-7385-3062-8. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  5. ^ Hoover, Mildred Brooke; Kyle, Douglas E. (September 6, 2002). Historic spots in California. Stanford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. Retrieved May 16, 2010.

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