History

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.  ...

5 Gold Rush nuggets that may surprise you

California’s Gold Rush started out Jan. 24, 1848, in the gravel of the American River’s south fork. James Marshall spied something glowing as he inspected the sa ...

New book chronicles Placer County railroads

If there ever was a ready made subject with plenty of historical twists and turns and a devoted audience, it would be hard to top the fervent interest in railroads. So it&rs ...

Top 5 reasons to check out Placer’s museums at Christmas

Top 5 reasons to check out Placer’s museums at Christmas The ghosts of Christmases past are alive and creating some yuletide magic at Placer County museums in Auburn. All t ...

Snow scene shows how much Auburn’s gateway has changed

Wintry weather provided the opportunity for these two people to enjoy a buggy ride in the snow just west of Old Town Auburn on what was then the road to Sacramento. This photo fro ...

Media Life: Vanderdoes shows heart still belongs to Placer

Oakland Raiders’ defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes’ Placer High connection was front row and center again during player introductions on the recent “Sunday Night ...