History

Goldie Hawn takes Auburn by storm

Goldie Hawn’s movie “Protocol” was the talk of the town in 1984 after filming that year in Old Town Auburn. Behind the Auburn Journal lens to record the shoot fo ...

Media Life: Tesla sound, image forged in Placer County

  You could say that rock band Tesla’s sound and style is Made in Sacramento. And that would ultimately elicit few arguments. But it would only tell part of the story ...

The man behind the Auburn Journal camera

For the past two years, “Remember This?” has brought you a broad swath of nostalgia-filled photos from the Auburn Journals’ archives. The photos are there becaus ...

Art Deco Landmark Then. Auburn Shopping Plaza Now: Media Life

You may know it as the Auburn Town Center, a bustling business hub often brimming with parked cars just outside the orbit of the city’s Downtown. Just more than 40 years ...

Commemorating the history of the railroad in Colfax

If the tracks of the transcontinental railroad had not been laid on the rocky soil of Colfax in 1865, the town would be a different place with a different name. President Abraham ...

Placer Museums recruiting for volunteer docents

Do you have passion for Placer County’s history or always wanted to learn more about it? Do you like interacting with people? Placer County Museums is currently recruiting vo ...

Computer theft, jail labor and pay slashes for traffic officers

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Margu ...

Remember This? McDonald’s arrives big in Auburn

Auburn’s Foresthill exit McDonald’s — the growing burger corporation’s first in the community — was a big deal when it opened in 1976. Still at the s ...

Media Life: 6 Super Cool Finds at Placer’s Gold Rush Museum

You don’t have to go far in Auburn to get in touch with Gold Rush roots. The American River is minutes away and, with it, the opportunity to pan for the real thing. Old To ...

Politics, pageants, and an outbreak of polio

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Margu ...

Auburn focus in HBO Golden State Killer documentary

The Golden State Killer lurked in the shadows of California's consciousness for much of the 1970s and 1980s. But when ex-Auburn Police Officer Joe DeAngelo was arrested in Apr ...

Remember This? Business buzz strengthens on Highway 49

By 1972, commercial development was branching out of the Downtown Auburn core onto Highway 49 and reshaping how Auburnites did business. That move included Montgomery Ward. This ...

Media Life: The Worst of Auburn

Thumbing through umpteen magazines or surfing the Web, you’re bound to find a plethora of ‘best of’ lists. But the Media Life way of looking at the world als ...

Explore the life of a Chilean miner

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will explore the experiences of miners who came to California from Chile. The cultural diversity that typifies present-day California b ...

Media Life: History for sale at Auburn’s ‘big yellow house’

If you drive through the Lincoln Way-Auburn Folsom Road intersection — or walk it for that matter — it’s hard to miss. Many call it the Big Yellow House, for lac ...