The first settlers of Penn Valley were the Maidu Indians, camping along the streams and natural springs. According to a legend, Penn Valley got its name from the fact a livestock “pen” was built there in the early days, adding to the agriculture resources of beef and dairy cattle. Its ideal location between Sacramento and Marysville on the way to the Mother lode gold mines made it a model stopover for travelers to purchase meat, produce, fruit, supplies and services. Because of its trading economic foundation, when the mining operations cut back, Penn Valley was able to survive.
Penn Valley and the surrounding areas offer residents and visitors a multitude of recreation possibilities. Horseback riding, including the Penn Valley Rodeo, is a favorite pastime of the populace. Residents can enjoy the miles of wineries where the high altitude climate and warm sunny days help to create the quality wines of area. For family trips, take the kids to the Imaginarium of Nevada County, a hands-on interactive science museum in the Valley area. Every Saturday during the spring, summer and into autumn, residents gather at the fairgrounds to sell produce from their home gardens. Take a walk around the Growers Market for the fresh fruit and produce, sweet honey, or fresh-baked bread to make your belly smile. This beautiful area also boasts plenty of biking, hiking, boating, golf, camping and picnicking for year round enjoyment.
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