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What's left of the corner of Main Street and Highway 89 in Greenville. Photo by Spanish Peak Productions

Street by street: what survived in Greenville and what did not


By Ken Donnell

Special to Plumas News


I visited Greenville in person for the first time last Friday, Aug. 6, and was overwhelmed by the devastation I witnessed.  As some may have heard me mention previously, the best way I can convey a visual image of this destruction is to suggest viewing historical photos of German cities right after the massive allied bombing campaigns.  This is what Greenville looks like today.  I took many photos, but the visibility was so poor due to the heave smoke cover, these photos do not accurately convey the complete scope of the destruction.  I will now provide a written description of Greenville as I viewed it last Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.


Downtown: Except for Indian Valley Professional Building (IVCSD offices), all of the downtown business district, and the residential area between Main Street and the PUSD schools are completely destroyed.


North and South Main Streets beyond downtown:   All structures along Main street, end to end, are completely destroyed except for two structures along south Main Street and one structure behind what was the Fitness Center.


Two structures survived on Hillside Drive, and a few structures survived along the valley side of Hot Springs Road including Green Meadows Apartments, the clinic, old IV Hospital, and structures adjacent to the clinic.


Most Structures along Humphrey Circle, and the south side of Highway 89 up to the grade survived, but some did not.   The Oak Grove Motor Lodge was 90 percent destroyed.  Some structures on Cheney Road and Standart Mine roads near the highway survived, but some further up these roads did not survive.  Structures on Williams Valley Road were mostly destroyed, with one structure near the county barn surviving, and three structures surviving just above the split with Lower Williams Valley Road.


Kinder Avenue was a total loss except for one structure at the west end.  From Kinder Avenue to the Baptist Church on Wolf Creek Road, all structures are destroyed.   The Baptist church survived, except for the structure that was the old Cottonwood Club.


Areas of little or no damage:


At the junction of  Williams Valley and North Valley road, the county barns and several structures towards Pecks Valley Road survived.  Most structures immediately along Lower Pecks Valley Road survived.


Moving west from the Baptist Church on Wolf Creek Road, all structures along Wolf Creek Road and north to 1st Street survived OK, including the county apartments.  All structures west of Hudson Avenue survived, including the trailer park.  All remaining structures along Wolf Creek Road survived, including the Greenhaven group of structures and Pinebrook Way.


All of the structures along Alta Camp road survived, but structures on the opposite side of the highway were destroyed.


All of the structures along Willow Way survived, and there was little or no visible evidence of fire anywhere along Willow Way.

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