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The Shieser family out for a drive in Plumas County in 1914 — four years after what is now highways 70 and 89 were first built. Photo submitted

Getting to Indian Valley wasn’t always so easy

Organizers of the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum pose this question to residents: Have you ever wondered how people traveled to and from Indian Valley before the Feather River Highway?

Did you know there were no roads or even a trail going up the Feather River Canyon until the highway was built (1910 for the precursor and 1934 for Highway 70)? Do our imaginations stretch back that far?

Tomorrow evening, Aug. 15, the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum will present History Night at the Museum at 7 p.m., explaining how people have traveled to, from and through Indian Valley before the convenience of the highway.

The talk begins with the Maidu, and how they made their way on foot, and then describes how an expanding population traveled by road, rail and air. The program will be presented by Travis Rubke, Bill Gimple and Kest Porter and is free to the community. Indian Valley Rotary will provide refreshments following the presentation.

The museum is located at 132 Main St. For more information call Kest Porter at 616-0226.

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