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Ladies of the Evening plaque.

"Ladies Of The Evening" Rock

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Nevada City, California

Nevada City, northeast of Sacramento, started as a 19th century gold mining camp and grew into a crowded boom town, with its share of popular brothels. "The Ladies of the Evening" monument next to the National Hotel fondly remembers this invaluable Gold Rush service.

The plaque mounted on the boulder reads in part:

""The Ladies of the Evening - To commemorate that ubiquitous segment of society who have been unacknowledged; who though obscure, made an essential contribution to the settlement of the West."

The plaque was created by the history-appreciating, fraternal wags of E Clampus Vitus, and dedicated on October 7, 1972.

"Ladies Of The Evening" Rock

162 National Alley, Nevada City, CA
Golden Center Fwy exit 186. Drive to Broad St. and turn west. The National Hotel will be on the left. Turn left into its parking lot on one-way National Alley. The rock is on the left, toward the back of the hotel, at the edge of the parking lot.
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