Reggi caught something or ate something that did agree with her, she was bed ridden for two days. So after she got better, we toured with Jimmie and Jeanine as they showed us Nevada City and a California town that succeeded from the union (Rough and Ready). Before we left, there was an Antique Tractor Show going on at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. So really remarkably restored tractors. We drove to the Historic National Hotel - The National Hotel (also known as the National Exchange Hotel), listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a California Historical Landmark, is one of the oldest continuously operated hotels west of the Rockies. At a civic affair in San Francisco a Nevada City businessman, John J. Jackson, claimed that a meeting that took place in 1898 at the National Hotel was the creation of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In 2012 the hotel was the subject of an episode of Ghost Adventures.
We drove through Nevada City to a very small town - Rough and Ready - that succeeded from the union during the California gold rush - The first established settlement in Rough and Ready was made in the fall of 1849 by a mining company from Wisconsin known as the Rough and Ready Company. Their leader, Captain A. A. Townsend, named the company after General Zachary Taylor (nicknamed "Old Rough and Ready") who had recently been elected the 12th President of the United States. Captain Townsend had served under Taylor when he commanded the American Forces during the U.S.-Mexican War. Rough and Ready is the only mining town to have "seceded" from the Union and then voted itself back in. Populated mostly by miners from the state of Wisconsin, the town hoped to rid itself of a recently-introduced tax on new mining claims and the prohibition of alcohol in Nevada County. Residents were also frustrated that the US Postal Service was demanding they change the name of the town to either "Rough" or "Ready", but not both. Another incentive for secession is found in the legend of a local con man. The con man would wager with miners that if he was able to prospect a certain amount of gold from their claims, he would pay them far more than their claim was worth. He would prospect until he had slightly less than the amount of gold needed to make good on his wager, then quit and keep the gold. Since he technically hadn't committed a crime, the courts were unable to prosecute him. It was decided in a town meeting in April 1850 to draw up articles of secession, forming the "Great Republic of Rough and Ready" (and according to legend, the con man was immediately hanged). Less than three months later, when preparing for an Independence Day celebration, community members realized that they were no longer entitled to celebrate US independence, and the secession was rescinded by popular vote.