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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 ...

‘A Glimpse into Auburn’s New Museum’ Friday

Ralph Gibson, director of Placer County Museums, will be the featured speaker for Auburn Library’s Noon Program. Gibson’s talk, “What’s Old But Really New, ...

Remember This? Auburn’s Montgomery Ward becomes Auburn’s first shopping mall

Malls were a thing in 1974. Still a little new and different for Auburn. But contractor Greeley Herrington had a plan. Herrington, fresh into retirement after a contracting caree ...

Media Life: 1940 Placer County car featured on Discovery Channel

It didn’t take long for Newcastle’s Paul Ricci to find his classic car shipped to L.A. for showing on the new Discovery Channel show “Sticker Shock.” The s ...

2-day event celebrates Asian culture, history

Remember the Historic Shanghai Restaurant and Bar in Old Auburn? How about Tsuda’s Grocery, Alpine Market, or Yamasaki Nursery (where the Bel Air shopping center sits today)? ...

History photo book underway

Local historian and former Meadow Vista Volunteer of the Year, George Lay is teaming up with former Colfax High School publications instructor Rick Brown in preparing a history pho ...

Keeping the Auburn Drug Company fountain light glowing

For more than a century, one of the pleasures of life in Auburn was a visit to the Auburn Drug Company soda fountain. Perhaps it was preceded by a haircut at a local barber shop o ...

Media Life: Go ahead. Don’t be ashamed to say ‘big rig,’ Auburn

It was 20 years ago today, or thereabouts, when this reporter was chastised by a reader bristling with self-righteous indignation for daring to use the term “big rig.” ...

Antique show features western goods

Gold mining items, Native American collectibles, railroad pieces, and gambling and western antiquites will be on display and for sale at the fifth annual Antique Western Memorabili ...

Media Life: Take a trip back in time to 1971 on Auburn Foresthill Bridge

If you were an Auburn resident or just passing through, the Foresthill Bridge construction project taking place between 1970 and the 730-foot-high span’s opening on Labor Day ...

Media Life: Eldorado County co-hosted Placer’s Squaw Valley1960 Olympics?

A little-remembered quirk of fate leaves El Dorado County to claim a backdoor but crucial link to the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Games. The cross-country events were held partly in ...

Have you been infected with Auburnitis yet?

The symptoms of Auburnitis can slowly creep up on you. And then, whammo, you’ve got it, full-blown. For relative newcomers, it may be a switch from khakis to a pair of comf ...

Beyond Discovery Day

Every California schoolkid knows the story of how James Marshall discovered gold at Coloma. The 170th anniversary of the discovery is Jan. 24 and the James Marshall Gold Discovery ...

Placer County’s little-known ‘Mary Poppins’ Oscar winner

With Bear River High grad and “Coco” co-director Adrian Molina a frontrunner to step up March 4 for an Oscar, Media Life trains its Placercentric-seeking sights on a ...

Genealogy Day Study Group

The Placer County Genealogical Society’s Day Study Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St., in Auburn.  ...