So you think you're a local

Lobner family left Europe to seek fortune in America

Among the pioneers to reach California in 1854 were Leopold and Josephine Lobner. They were seeking a share of the fortune in gold to be found in California. Leopold was born in ...

Loot from stagecoach robbery may still be in hills

The year was 1853. A stagecoach wound its way up the treacherous Forest Hill road, high above the North Fork of the American River. “Alto! Manos arriba!” the highwayman shoute ...

Colfax Hotel once center of activity

The Gillen Hotel, currently called Colfax Hotel, was built on March 12, 1903 by Daniel Gillen of Sacramento. Prior to building the hotel, Mr. Gillen had long held the responsible ...

Iowa Hill perches over several mines

BY Mike Maynard Special to the Colfax Record The following was taken from the 1861 Directory of Placer County. A history of Iowa Hill is connected with that of Independence Hi ...

Colfax has had its share of curious characters

By Mike Maynard Special to the Colfax Record In the 1880s a cattle train was rounding Cape Horn when the rails spread and several cars went over the precipice, killing many of t ...

Decent road over summit needed

By Mike Maynard Special to the Colfax Record The section of Interstate 80 that crosses the Sierra Nevada was dedicated Nov. 1, 1964 in a snowstorm similar to the one that frust ...

Lots of history buried under Rollins

The area now covered by Rollins Lake and adjacent lands are rich in history. The Spaniards did the earliest known exploration in 1822, naming the river “Rio de Oso.” In fact, ...

Colfax survived while other towns turned to dust

As I was going through some old editions of the Colfax Record at the Heritage Museum, I ran across an article about towns in the area that no longer exist. After reading the artic ...

Column brings back memories

Mike Maynard (So you think you’re a local, Record, 7/22) recounts that “old timers” talk about playing baseball in a field next to the mine buildings. We arrived in 1945 an ...

Pilot attempting historic flight ends up in Colfax

Wandering through the Colfax Heritage Museum looking for something to write about, I spied a funny looking piece of wood. As it turns out, my mother had donated this piece of wo ...