Originally known as Alder Grove, Colfax began as a winter camping spot for trappers and gold miners in the mid-1800s. Soon a camp grew into a village and the name was changed to Illinoistown. When the railroad was designed, the grade they selected bypassed Illinoistown and the entire town was uprooted and moved to its present location. The name was again changed to Colfax in honor of Schuyler Colfax, then Speaker of the House of Representatives, who visited the town in 1865 while inspecting progress of construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, the western portion of the first transcontinental railroad. Colfax later became the 1th Vice President of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant.
Today, take a drive through Colfax and you will experience a peaceful place with an abundance of history and charm. Spend a few hours and you will find a community that can look with pride at its thoughtfulness and a refreshing caring for one another.
The Colfax Chamber of Commerce website boasts “you will find that Colfax and its surrounding area is alive with possibility. From dining and entertainment, natural outdoor beauty and recreation, our lively arts scene, and our excellent schools and business opportunities, you will love the friendly atmosphere. Our strong sense of community knows no bounds”. Chamber President Frank Klein and Executive Director Amy Andrews effectively represent the community, working hard to develop strong partnerships between local businesses, service organizations, and local government.
At last week’s Colfax Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the camaraderie and honor were on full display. The Auburn Journal presented the Scoop Thurman Community Service Award to Foxey McCleary. Foxey’s years of involvement in all things Colfax are to be applauded.
The standing room only crowd at Dine and Dash listened intently as Foxey described the uniqueness of Colfax, stating “I’ve travelled all around the world, and would not want to live anywhere else but in Colfax”. Attendees included a strong mix of residents, volunteers, city officials, and business owners. The pride in this Chamber of Commerce meeting was inspiring. In a time where politics and discord can sometimes sidetrack positivity, you would be hard pressed to find that in this portion of Placer County.
Serving Colfax, Dutch Flat, Alta, and Gold Run since 1951, the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce strives to make the Colfax area a better place to work, live, and visit. The Colfax Area Chamber has members from a wide range of professions, industries, and non-profit organizations, all committed to improving our local economy and community.
It’s an honor and privilege for the Auburn Journal to cover the greater Colfax community. We are working hard to stay connected, understand what makes the community so wonderful, and engage our loyal readers to share news and information.