History

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 ...

Media Life: Wild Willie Slade's 1970 hoax inspires Ophir Prison Marching Band

  A humbug can be defined as a hoax meant in jest. Journey with us now to the days of yore – actually the late 1960s and early 1970s – to learn about one of the ...

Wise Powerhouse near Auburn a hard-working PG&E, Placer County landmark

At the intersection of engineering and commerce – and Wise and Ophir roads near Auburn – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. had the foresight to create a power plant that h ...

Media Life: Treasure turns up in darndest places but not gold-coin couple

May is the target date for a portion of the $10 million in gold coins from the 1800s found by a Gold Country couple to start turning up on Amazon.com’s collectibles site. By ...

Garden Club plants tree at Del Oro in memory of Dr. Paul Barnes

50 YEARS AGO March 13, 1964 -- In memory of Dr. Paul Barnes, the Loomis Garden Club planted a tree at Del Oro on Arbor Day. Dr. Barnes practiced medicine in Loomis for many years. ...

Media Life: Digging into Placer’s Oscar connectivity; deepening gold-coin mystery

  Placer County’s return to the big screen in a major motion picture has culminated with that movie getting some heavyweight industry respect this week at the Academy A ...

Mystery image from Auburn’s past sparks photographic memories

The mystery of a photo brought in by 93-year-old Emerson Smith has been solved. And the solution came from the pages of bound copies of the Auburn Journal. “Merry Christmas ...

Historic Auburn depot, giant statue could get new owner

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Placer County are exploring the possibility of turning the chamber’s Lincoln Way headquarters into a museum after the business organization ...

Shigeo Yokote related his family's story

50 YEARS AGO March 6, 1964 -- Loomis 4-H member Kathy Nute followed in the steps of her older brother and sister. Both had been County All-Stars and National Award winners. In fac ...