#292:  Home of Lola Montez

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248 Mill St, Grass Valley





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

Lola was born in Limerick, Ireland on July 3, 1818, as Maria Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert. After living in England and on the continent, Lola came to New York in 1851 and settled in Grass Valley in 1852. It was here she built the only home she ever owned and became friends with Lotta Crabtree, who lived up the street. Lola died January 17, 1861 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, New York.

From the plaque:

Lola Montez 1819-1861. Countess of Landsfeld.

In her home which occupied this site, Lola’s Social Salon 1853 – 55 attracted men of vision whose investments and technology founded Nevada County’s gold quartz mining industry. She brought culture and refinement to this rude mining camp. A mistress of international intrigue and a feminist before her time she is one of history’s most recognizable women and a founder of today’s cosmetic industry.

Plaque dedicated Oct. 1, 1977 by Wm. Bull Meek - Wm. Morris Stewart No. 10 E Clampus Vitus, Nevada City, Calif.

©2009 David Schmitt