History

Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Movie ‘Stars’ May Surprise You

After last week’s sometimes-controversial Top 5 All-Time Auburn Sports Stars rankings, Media Life is bravely going where no local journalist has gone before – ranking A ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Sports Stars

Once upon a time, on a football field, baseball diamond, ski slope or track, Auburn could point with pride at an athlete who had risen in his or her sport to the upper echelons of ...

History: A sign painter with the heart and hand of a landscape artist

If there ever was an artist of whom it could be said that he “had paint in his veins” it would be Harry DeGroat who lived and worked in Auburn from the early 1920s to 1 ...

Media Life: 10 Who Made Auburn All The More 'Ausome'

What makes Auburn so unique and special to the people who live here – and the others who wish they did? Here are 10 names. A drop in  very large bucket. There are many ...

Media Life: Top 10 Auburn secrets and mysteries revealed

To the newcomer, Auburn is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. Winding roads lead to nowhere. There’s a wilderness at the edge of the city. And locals – many who have ...

Placer County Indian artifacts being returned to tribes

When the word came from Paiute Indians in Nevada that the tribe wanted several American Indian artifacts returned, the Placer County Museums division knew what to do next. The req ...

Media Life: Keeping Auburn weird not so difficult

When this column set out four years ago to Keep Auburn Weird, it seemed a daunting task. But after several speaking engagements in the area to back up the campaign, Auburn’s ...

DeWitt Hospital prescribed National Register of Historic Places status

A compound of World War II hospital buildings in North Auburn has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The decision by the director of the National Park Service ...

Reflections of an icon: Great-great-grandson to evoke Muir’s life, work

Robert Hanna, John Muir’s great-great-grandson, is determined to keep the environmental pioneer’s legacy alive. Tonight at Auburn’s State Theater, he presents, &l ...

Placer Courthouse Lady Justice statues in Auburn are missing scales

In the beginning, there were scales. But then something happened, be it a wind storm. Or petulant thievery. Or just a flaw in construction that wouldn’t hold them in place. ...

Media Life: Other Auburns, near and far, you may not know

A Massachusetts cemetery, an Australian city and a New Hampshire hamlet are some of the ‘other’ Auburns that hold a name-brand kinship with their California cousin. Mo ...

Media Life: California’s Auburn has plenty of company

Auburn. Think of the name for a moment. Not necessarily the word itself. Say it and hear how it sounds. It rolls easily off the tongue. It’s short and sweet. And there&rsqu ...

Towle brothers’ lumber empire gave rise to economic anchors

Beginning with the decline of Placer County’s fruit industry and lasting almost up to the 2000s, two of Auburn’s most dependable economic mainstays were the Auburn Lumb ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 all-time mysteries

The Marie Celeste. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac Killer. Think too of pyramids, Stonehenge and Jimmy Hoffa. Everyone loves a mystery and there are scads to devote some time and cur ...

DEMOLISHED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Auburn mini-golf course now a memory

A storehouse of memories but abandoned for close to a decade, the former Prospector Hill mini-golf complex in Auburn is no more. The odd assortment of structures on the Auburn Rav ...