History

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 ...

Auburn veteran who died in 1997 gets name on Vietnam Memorial

  Jim Gray, who lived the last decade of his life in Auburn before dying in 1997 at 48, served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and was honorably discharged ...

Ace’s WWII ‘Old Crow’ plane takes flight – on four wheels

With an engine powerful enough to get a plane up in the air, a Connecticut man’s four-wheeled hot-rod tribute to World War II air ace Bud Anderson has the horsepower. But Mi ...

Atmospheric Auburn park closed for facelift

Herschel Young Park in Old Town Auburn is undergoing a facelift, with its brick floor being redone this week. The work is being done by Hinkley’s Masonry of Auburn, with man ...

On the threshold of Placer High football greatness

1974 was a pretty good year for the Placer Hillmen football team. An 8-3 mark in the tough Sierra Foothill League, a third-place finish and an end-of-season walloping of long-time ...

Former Denny's, Sam's Hof Brau building in Auburn torn down

Empty for 23 years, the former Denny’s and Sam’s Hof Brau building is being torn down. Work started tuesday on razing a Bowman Road structure opened in December 1963 a ...

Media Life: Notorious killer’s lost photo discovered

“Who is that dapper young man with the flower in his lapel, a bowler hat on his head and a cocky smile on his face?” When Bryanna Ryan came across the yellowed and fad ...

Flying visit by Jerry Brown to Auburn - 'albeit briefly'

It was a season of maxi skirts and leisure suits, of fuel-sipping Civics and a governor with presidential aspirations. You can see all these and more in this photo by the Auburn J ...