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Historical landmark stolen

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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California Registered Historical Landmark No. 463 was stolen recently. Michael Otten, president of the Placer County Historical Society, said the metal sign, which commemorated the historical town of Ophir, was originally dedicated Sept. 23, 1950. Otten said it has been stolen before, possibly in the 1990’s, but was later recovered. With more and more Auburn landmarks being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, he said the thefts concern him. Otten is offering a reward for its recovery. “Many in the Ophir area and the historical community are saddened, sickened and outraged by the loss of this remembrance of the past,” Otten said. “I am offering a reward for the return of the plaque. This is just the latest in a series of thefts and comes at a time when the City of Auburn is making great strides in getting a number of its historical buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places.”