History

New Placer museums chief breathing life into history

Placer County’s museum artifacts are turning up in the darndest places. In the Placer Herald newspaper office in Rocklin, chairs once occupied by its 19th-century publisher ...

Heritage Trail museum tour offers 20 museums from Sierra to Valley floor

Remnants of the Gold Rush era, transcontinental railroad history, a granite mining site and a host of other peeks at Placer County’s past are on display Aug. 2 and 3 for the ...

Nitta, Struble orchards were on farm tour

50 YEARS AGO April 17, 1964 -- The Nitta and Struble plum orchards were destinations for fruit growers participating in an orchard tour. Growers would observe "Cut and Burn&q ...

Penryn experienced widespread sewer failure in 1989

  50 YEARS AGO April 24, 1964 – Pear Psylla, the most hated insect on California pears since it got into the state in 1956, was on the loose in Placer County. The pest ...

Media Life: “Draft Day” movie has Auburn creative connection

When “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner lights up movie screens across the United States today, former Auburn resident Gareth Smith’s work will be a big part of w ...

Edwards, Cooper were first DO grads to attend UC Berkeley

50 YEARS AGO April 10, 1964 -- The first two Del Oro graduates to attend UC Berkeley were Perry Edwards and Tom Cooper. The first five students to enroll at UC Davis were Anita Yo ...

Media Life: YouTube’s “The Original” gives WS100 pioneer global spotlight

A South African video production company has teamed with outdoor gear maker Salomon to share the story of pioneering Meadow Vista ultra-endurance runner Gordy Ainsleigh with the We ...

Letter from John Mehl of Anchorage: They survived Alaska tidal wave

50 YEARS AGO April 3, 1964 -- Mrs. Mehl of Loomis received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. John Mehl of Anchorage, Alaska stating that they survived a tidal wave catastrophe that swep ...

It’s official. Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge now a California Historical Landmark

Newly minted as a California Historical Landmark and with a gleaming plaque to prove it, the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge is 102 years old and far from sagging under the weigh ...

Auburn Masons to allow rare public peek at inner sanctum

 With Gold Rush roots and a charter dated Nov. 7, 1851, Auburn’s Masonic Lodge is getting ready to celebrate renovations on its Downtown Auburn hall that retain and enha ...