Downtown Grass Valley Ornament - Ore Cart (2014)
This unique collection of Christmas ornaments celebrates the spirit of Downtown Grass Valley through its architecture! A new ornament is released every year in the fall, just in time for the holidays. This fun tradition began in 2004 when Howard Levine and the Downtown Grass Valley Association found an ornament manufacturer that specialized in custom made ornaments. Though the manufacturers have changed throughout the years, the tradition has not.
All the ornaments are made of brass, and with the exception of the Ore Car and the Stamp Mill, the ornaments are colored with enamel, and come in a presentation box.
The Ore Car ornament was introduced for fall 2014. Ore cars were miniature train cars that traveled on a small set of tracks and were used to haul ore out of the mine for processing, as well as supplies, equipment, and miners who need a lift. The Ore Car in Downtown Grass Valley used to sit on the corner of Neal & South Auburn, but has since been moved further up Neal St.
The complete list of ornaments:
2004 : Holbrooke Hotel (sold out)
2005: Del Oro Movie Theater (sold out)
2006: Grass Valley Library Royce Branch
2007: Old Post Office
2008: Nevada County Bank (sold out)
2009: Foothill Flowers (sold out)
2010: Foothill Mercantile (sold out)
2011: The Union Square Building (sold out)
2012: Clock Tower (sold out)
2013: The Stamp Mill
2014: Ore Car
2015: Episcopal Church
2016: Elks Lodge
2018: Tess'/Mill St Clothing Co.
2019: Heart & Home
2020: Yuba Blue
2021: Center for the Arts
2022: Holbrooke Hotel (Restoration)