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Lobner family left Europe to seek fortune in America
Wednesday Jan 19 2011
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
Tuesday Nov 23 2010
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
Wednesday Sep 22 2010
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
Wednesday Sep 08 2010
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
Wednesday Aug 25 2010
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
Wednesday Aug 18 2010
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
Wednesday Aug 11 2010
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
Wednesday Aug 04 2010
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
Wednesday Aug 04 2010
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
Wednesday Jul 28 2010
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 ...
Colfax residents have always loved parades
Wednesday Jun 09 2010
I thought I would find mounds of information and pictures about Colfax’s first Fourth of July parade. However, it seems that information and photographs have been kept at home a ...
First pharmacy opened in 1870
Wednesday Jun 02 2010
So far I have asked questions about fires, houses, stores and doctors. Then, last week I asked if anyone knew when the Colfax Pharmacy was established. Here’s what I found out ...
Colfax's fire department started in 1893
Wednesday May 26 2010
In late August of 1893, promoters of a fire company met with John Dyer, chairman of a committee established to form the Colfax Fire Department. This committee agreed to purchase a ...
Colfax’s granite jail still stands
Wednesday Mar 31 2010
Many locals knew that Colfax did have a jail. What surprised me, however, was that most of them did not know the granite structure still stands. Walter G. Jarrett, a resident of W ...
Lifelong resident invites you to get to know city
Wednesday Mar 17 2010
As a lifelong resident of Colfax, I have had many people ask, “what does it take to consider yourself a local? How many years do I have to live here to be considered a local?” ...
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