Downtown Auburn Welcome Center opens doors again

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - With a new fire alarm meeting city of Auburn requirements, the doors of the Placer County Visitors Center are open again. The 1103 High St. center opened briefly in mid-April but then had to close because city alarm requirements hadn?t yet been met. With a new alarm installed, the center ? which also serves as a California Welcome Center ? opened again Thursday. Jan Decker, CEO of the non-profit Placer County Visitors Bureau, said the center has been getting good reviews from visitors since reopening. ?They?re very appreciative,? Decker said. ?We?re getting compliments on what a nice facility it is and people are having no problems finding us.? The visitors center relocated from a Foresthill-exit building to the city-owned former fire-engine station. The move had already been delayed while the city moved to fix an ongoing leakage problem. On Tuesday, Daphne, Ala.?s Nickie Wilkinson said she was able to find information on biking and hiking trails at the center. ?We saw this place and it was perfect for what we need,? Wilkinson said. Nancy Lang, a visitors center staff member, said local residents as well as visitors have been dropping by to get information on the area as well as from around California. ?The signage seems to be working,? Lang said. ?We?ve had lots of people. This will bring people from out of town to the little shops and an awful lot of local people too.?