Find out about people, places, events of past

Editor's View
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Wagon trains used to traverse the foothills, the valley and the mountains, taking travelers to the far reaches of Placer County. This weekend, modern-day trekkers can take the Heritage Trail to get a small taste of what the county was all about in earlier days, but this time by bus, van, car, or foot. The Placer County Museums Division, which is sponsoring the event for the second year, promises a day of adventure and fun for the entire family. You can take a self-guided tour or get aboard a bus with family, neighbors or old and new friendly people, all interested in learning more about the region’s history. The Griffith Quarry Museum in Penryn will be one of the Saturday stops. Also on Saturday’s bus trip will be the Golden Drift Museum in Dutch Flat, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum and the Forest Hill Divide Museum. On Sunday, the trail leads to the Rocklin History Museum, Fruitvale School in Lincoln, Roseville Telephone Museum, Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum and the Maidu Interpretive Center, also in Roseville. The bus and van leave the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn at about 9 a.m. The fee is $10 per person, and reservations are required. Call (530) 889-6500 to reserve a seat. Bus seats sold out last year, so don’t wait any longer if you want to get on board. However, you don’t have to make reservations to visit any of the 18 museums on either, or both, days. And, admission is free. In addition to the museums mentioned above, the trail will lead you to the Western SkiSport Museum in Soda Springs and the Gatekeeper’s Museum and the Watson Cabin in Tahoe City. Auburn locations are the Placer County Museum in the courthouse, the Gold Country Medical Museum, the Joss House Museum, the Bernhard Museum Complex, the Benton Welty Schoolroom, and the Gold Country Museum. There are also places at many of the museums to enjoy a picnic, so pack up your favorite lunch for a bit of al fresco munching. Dot Shiro, a Loomis Basin Historical Society member and Heritage Trail committee member, said there will unique displays at all of the museums and each one has a different perspective on local history. She suggests you take advantage of the weekend’s events. We should know our history, she said, because “it’s important that we recall what came before us.”