History

Old Town Auburn tunnel tales: Gold, ghosts, graffiti and glow sticks

The ongoing drought has created a gold mine in Old Town Auburn – literally. Yards from the giant statue of the man who discovered the glowing metal and jump-started the foun ...

Parents Club chooses 'Count Down '64 of the Del Oro Pad' as 1964 Del Oro Carnival theme

50 YEARS AGO July 24, 1964 -- The Del Oro Parents Club chose the theme "Count Down '64 of the Del Oro Pad," for the upcoming Del Oro Carnival. The name given to the ...

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 ...