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Colfax's oldest grave unearths many mysteries

A previous tale has led to a surprise response from the state of Washington. It was noted (see Colfax Record, May 31, 2012) that the oldest known grave in the Colfax Cemetery is t ...

Colfax Chronicles

10 YEARS AGO July 11, 2002 ? At a special board meeting Tuesday, the board of trustees approved a $12.3 million bid from Clark & Sullivan in Sacramento to build a performing arts/ ...

Colfax area was hotbed for stagecoach stick-ups

?Throw down the box,? they would say to the stagecoach driver. The team of six horses pulling a wagon was a common site in Illinoistown during its heyday as a miner?s supply statio ...

Illinoistown: Early nobility in the rough

For a history buff, finding a lost resource is as exciting as finding color ? real gold, that is ? in your mining pan. A book by David Boring titled ?Nobility in the Rough: An hist ...

Many heroes laid to rest in Colfax Cemetery

As we remember and honor our veterans this month, it is only fitting to tell the proud tale of the Colfax Cemetery. In 1851, Ammiel Brickell was buried in the first-known grave es ...

School daze: Colfax's early school sites

You really can’t tell the story behind School Street (see Colfax Record, April 26, 2012) without giving the rest of the tale about the history of the area schools. In the April 2 ...

The Nisenan: from 'digger Indian' to citizenship

On Nov. 8, 1856 the Placer Herald reported the estimated population of this county as being 12,540 white males, 1,860 white females, male and female blacks 400, Chinese 3,500 and 1 ...

Colfax's first residents clashed with settlers

Prior to European contact, historians estimate that there may have been as many as 350,000 peoples living within the boundaries of what is now the state of California, with maybe a ...

First brick building withstands devastation

For Robert Egbert and William Wallace, like the other merchants of Illinoistown in the mid-1860s, a new building at trackside in the new railroad town was good for business. What t ...

Celebrate and support the opening of new eateries

A grand opening is scheduled at DINE N DASH, 1516 S. Canyon Way (was Mom’s Kitchen), on Wednesday, Aug. 24! Regular hours, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. The hours may be ex ...