June 21-22, 2014
Sierra City’s Sesquicentennial on June 21-22 was a resounding success. Saturday’s events began with speeches on the balcony of the Old Sierra City Hotel, where several dignitaries bestowed honors on the Sierra City Post Office for her 150th birthday. Within minutes of the completion of these formal ceremonies, some of those same dignitaries found themselves down the street in the hoosegow.
The jail was hopping all day long as were the booths at the craft fair, the vintage portrait studio, and the pasty-making demonstration. Highlights of the day were chats with old-timers C.K. Smith, Jack Rose, and Howard Hayes as well as narrated cemetery tours. The day was topped off with a BBQ and melodrama at the Kentucky Mine. “Never Trust a City Slicker”, presented by the Sierra Turnpike Players and the Sierra County Arts Council, was a huge hit.
In contrast to Saturday’s excitement, Sunday’s more relaxed format featured services at the Methodist and Catholic churches, a lecture about Bill Meek, stagecoach driver; and a town picnic complete with wagon rides and a community photo. The weekend culminated with a magnificent birthday cake depicting the Sierra Buttes that was created by Amber Sainsbury. Folks went home with a renewed sense of community in our beloved Sierra City.
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