A lot of us Californians like to hit the open road, explore miles of highway and venture off onto some back roads. Sometimes, we come across towns with some pretty bizarre and surprising names. For this installment in our series “A Place Called What?!” we head to You Bet in Nevada County. Know an unusual place name in California? Tell us about it in the comments below, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Brady has deep roots in the Gold Rush town of You Bet, California. So he's known for a long time how the town got its name.
"Well, the story goes that there were people, mostly miners; they established a town around a local bar, and they decided they needed a name for the town," Brady explains.
"The senior gentlemen of the town got together and met at the bar. After a period of time, the gentlemen couldn't agree on what the name of the town would be. The bartender was getting a little tired of having to pour so many drinks and said, 'Look, the next thing anybody says, that's the name of this town.' One of the fellows piped up and said, 'You bet!' They said, 'That's it! The name of the town: You Bet'."
Brady's grandfather and father both worked for the hydraulic mines that dominated You Bet's landscape and industry from the 1800's to the 1930's.