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.
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.
Note that the park is not plowed during winter months.