Gould Park at Cisco Grove

The original James L. Gould sailed from Rockland, Maine when he was 18, arriving in San Francisco. He eventually bought land in the Sierra, including Cisco Grove. He was also involved in the Gold Run Ditch and Mining Co. His son Lewis Allen Gould inherited the land and his son James L. Gould, was responsible for building the Cisco Grove Resort area on Highway 40. After James L. Gould passed away, two of his grandchildren, Jim and Michelle, were instrumental in coordinating details for transferring the property to Placer Legacy. Thus, you see the Cisco Grove Gould Park. 

The 15.7 acre Placer County Cisco Grove Gould Park opened in October 2006. The park lies on both sides of the South Yuba River at the Cisco Grove exit on Interstate 80. It includes paved parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and two historic stone cabins.

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Latitude: 39.296563 Longitude: -120.5428505 Elevation: 6433 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Gould Park marks the western start of the Donner Summit 20 Mile Museum which brings history to life with dozens of interpretive signs placed along Old Highway 40, each of which explains the history of the sign’s location, displays historical photographs, tells a good story, and lists activities to do right there.

The park is also an excellent and popular starting point for road cyclists wishing to ride over Donner Summit. Year-round attractions, accommodations, and dining are available nearby in Soda Springs, Norden, and Serene Lakes.

 In a forest of pines and cottonwood trees, it is a beautiful spot on the South Yuba River to stop for a picnic and to wade in the river. Don't forget to walk across paved Hwy. 40 to admire the two wonderful stone cabins.

Seasons Accessible

Note that the park is not plowed during winter months.

Comments

My father. Richard "Doc" Heinz, as he was known, being a doctor, and Dorothy Gould went to school together in Alameda. My mother and father became very good friends with the Goulds. Jim Gould leased some land to my father. He told him he wouldn't sell him the land but that he could lease it for 99 years. In 1930/1940, my father and my uncle built a cabin up on a knoll, which I believe is still there, across the highway from the Auburn Ski Club. We did a lot of skiing there. My sister and I were, respectively, 5 and 8. We all became excellent skiers. We would also spend summers at our cabin. Marilyn Gould was a friend of mine and we used to pal around together. In the evenings, after swimming in the river all day, my mother, father and my sister and I would walk down to the Grove. At the time there was a small grocery store. Next to the store there was a huge rock fireplace which the adults would sit around and socialize, while we (kids) would play Tag, Hide-N-Seek, Kick the Can, Dodge Ball, Mother May I, etc. I have some very fond memories of Cisco Grove.

Janet Heinz Mitchell, 8/10/2012

My name is Gail Gould and I am the wife of Jim Gould, Jr., who is the son of the owner and proprietor of the old Cisco Grove Resort that Janet Heinz Mitchell is commenting about, (see August 10, 2012). Marilyn Gould, my husband’s sister was also my friend before I met her brother at Sacramento State College. We were married, and have a son Jim Gould, IV, and a daughter Michelle Gould Dykes, who married our dear Son In Law, Tad Dykes. Our three beautiful and handsome grandchildren are, Austin, Tanner, and McKenna Dykes. The original James L. Gould, their Great, Great, Great Grandfather, sailed from Rockland, Maine when he was 18, arriving in San Francisco. He eventually bought land in the Sierra. Cisco Grove being one of his purchases. He was also involved in the Gold Run Ditch and Mining Co. His son Lewis Allen Gould inherited the land and his son James L. Gould, was responsible for building the Cisco Grove Resort area on Highway 40. My husband’s father passed in 1986, and his mother Dorothy Gould, lived a few years after her husband died. Our son Jim, a developer, and our daughter Michelle were instrumental in coordinating details for transferring the property to Placer Legacy. Thus, you see the Cisco Grove Gould Park. The photograph in the scene above is typical in the fall when the cotton wood trees start turning gold. As the seasons change in the Sierra there is such a beautiful variety of photographic scenery all year long. When I discovered the reminiscing comments from Janet Heinz Mitchell, and shared them with my husband, he was very appreciative of being reminded of the carefree days of old Cisco Grove. Thank you for allowing me to share a little family history about the Cisco Grove Gould years.

Gail Gould, 4/23/2013

I am trying to follow up on a man whose last known adress was Cisco Grove in 1955 as near as I can tell. His name is Frank Andrew Bartoch. He is buried at Summit City .

chris harvey, 8/21/2013

On June 21, 1847, General Stephen W. Kearny was returning from California to Fort Leavenworth. A member of the group, Sgt. Nathaniel V. Jones, wrote (original spelling retained): "From here [Yuba Creek] we came about twenty miles through the snow, from two to twelve feet deep and over rough mountains at that. During the day we passed two groves, crossed [the pass] at the head of Juber over the mountains, and struck the head of Truckie River." It's our interpretation that Cisco Grove was one of those forested areas high in the mountains.

Kevin Henson, 1/22/2014

How long was the Cisco Grove Resort in operation?

Randi C, 10/15/2014

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