Media Life: Picture day at the Mt. Quarries Bridge ready to roll

New KCRA TV news anchor making a cross-town move
By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Placer County's Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge welcomes back vehicles for two days. CBS 13 news anchor switching Sacramento channels. Auburn's Club Car, State Theater memories sought. AUBURN CA - It may be the ultimate Auburncentric Christmas-card photo opportunity and it’s coming to a 100-year-old bridge near you. State Parks ranger and bridge aficionado Mike Lynch said that two days have been opened up for the opportunity to drive over the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge and have a photo taken. The two “Vehicle Photo Day on the Mt. Quarries Bridge” dates will be Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Times both days for a once-in-a-lifetime image are 1-5 p.m. The timing for the first picture day is a deliberate nod to Auburn Cruise Nite, which will have its final vintage-car show in Downtown Auburn the evening of Sept. 14. The Sept. 14 Cruise Nite is usually one of the most well-attended ones of the season and Lynch said the Auburn State Recreation Area – which the bridge is a scenic part of – is inviting participants to line up for a classic shot. “Hopefully some of the restored car people might want to come early and get their picture taken on the bridge,” Lynch said. The picture days are part of the celebration this year of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the span, which is known in some circles by its nickname “No Hands Bridge.” The last time Media Life looked, there was even a sign at the bridge using that name. The cost to drive onto the bridge – which will include a digital photo to be sent by email – will be $10. Funds raised will help defray the cost of the bridge anniversary effort. Switching channels TV news anchor Lisa Gonzales has made the cross-town move from CBS 13 to KCRA 3. Gonzales has been a familiar face on the local airwaves for seven years, anchoring CBS 13’s morning and noon newscasts. The Sacramento native and El Camino High School graduate officially switches stations when she joins the KCRA 3 news team on Tuesday morning. “I am honored and humbled to work at the station I grew up watching,” Gonzales said. “This is a rare opportunity and an exciting chapter in my career.” State history sought Voice of the Placer Hillmen for many years, Bob Burge, is also delving into the colorful past of Auburn’s stately movie house, the State Theater. Burge said he’s done an epic amount of research and interviewed people who worked at the State as far back as the 1940s. But he’s still seeking those kernels of history that will help make the story of the State pop. “What I’d like to do is find more people with memories of their experiences at the State Theater,” Burge said. Burge is looking for people who worked at the State, have memories of their theater-going days there, or perchance, a photo or two. Burge can be reached through Janis Wikoff and the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center office at (530) 885-0156, or email Peek at the past The Club Car bar and restaurant in Downtown Auburn is also taking a look back. The Club Car is marking its 10th year in Auburn at the 106-year-old Hink Block building on Lincoln Way. The Hink Block space the Club Car is situated in has always been a social-gathering place. It started out as a gentleman’s bar, spent a few years as a tobacco store (the Smoke Shop name was used through the 1990s), served as a pool hall and is now firmly ensconced as a lively bar and restaurant. And then there are the stories about a beer-guzzling ghost and gold discoveries in the basement. The Club Car is encouraging anyone with information, stories and especially photos – that can be scanned and returned – to contact Sarah Nolivo at (530) 887-9732. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.