The Maidu Indians were the valley's original inhabitants, and their influence on the region has provided a unique cultural background. Established in 1973, the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville showcases the rich traditions and history of the Maidu, as well as the early settlers, miners, ranchers and loggers from Indian Valley and the surrounding areas.
The Museum includes five large rooms that house Native American and other local exhibits, and a new addition features a large display of rocks, minerals, and mineral carvings. The Indian Valley Museum houses many artifacts representing the 1860s through the 1940s. There are over six hundred fascinating photographs depicting life as it was in Indian Valley, and a large collection of historic clothing, kitchen tools and appliances, a collection of Maidu Indian baskets, arrowheads and other artifacts.
Rich in beauty and history, Indian Valley includes the communities of Greenville, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills and Canyon Dam in the Plumas National Forest. Surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, the valley is dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle. The most alluring aspect of this verdant meadow is its serenity. Quiet roadways and beautiful vistas make Indian Valley one of the best spots in the county to take a scenic drive, especially during the spring and fall. The valley is also popular with bicyclists and hand gliders, and is the setting for a number of yearly bike rides and races.