History

Vintage Auburn: Smoky skies, joyriding and a new tow truck

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Ma ...

Media Life: Never-before-seen Cash, Folsom Prison images unearthed

When the doors of Folsom Prison swung shut and the heavy metal banged loudly, Johnny Cash famously turned to photographer Jim Marshall and grimly remarked: “That sounds omino ...

Remember This?: Old Town fire threat as real now as then

They don’t fight fires they way they did in this classic news photo from the Auburn Journal archives. But the danger of Old Town Auburn burning is as real as it was then as ...

Media Life: Journey back in time to 1936’s Gold Rush Revival

The photo has a storybook quality — peopled with images that Thomas Kinkade could have incorporated into his fanciful 1988 painting of Old Town Auburn now displayed at t ...

Fireworks and smokes

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Margu ...

Remember This? 1978 Cop Classic photo captures future killer, future sheriff

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol had a friendly rivalry going in the 1970s that found an outlet every winter on the basketball court. The ann ...

Drowsy driver, cemetery rededication, pre-dawn raid, elevator

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Margu ...

Remember This? A World Series whiff — but an Auburn man's lasting honor

By Gus Thomson Of the Auburn Journal   The man in the photo is the man whose name is on the sign. He’s Lloyd Beggs and the photo went with a Journal story in 1988 a ...

Heritage Trail Museums Tour offers summer of free museums in Placer County

Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 11th year. A total of 22 museums will ...

Media Life: A rare ‘now and then’ look at the Foresthill Bridge

Perhaps it’s the Foresthill Bridge version of the iconic photo of workers lunching high up on the girders of the under-construction Empire State building. The photo, provide ...

Remember This? Closed-circuit TV comes to Auburn’s jailhouse

The 35-year-old Placer County Jail in Auburn was blasted as an embarrassment in a 1976 report that concluded a new facility was needed. Security was rated as “extremely poor ...

Media Life: Take a time trip back to 1975 and the decrepit Bernhard House

With Auburn the hub of California’s new gold country, the Traveler’s Rest hotel was constructed in 1851 on what was then Sacramento Street with eight rooms, dining room ...

Marriages and mysteries

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Tessa Margu ...

‘A Glimpse into Auburn’s New Museum’ Friday

Ralph Gibson, director of Placer County Museums, will be the featured speaker for Auburn Library’s Noon Program. Gibson’s talk, “What’s Old But Really New, ...

Remember This? Auburn’s Montgomery Ward becomes Auburn’s first shopping mall

Malls were a thing in 1974. Still a little new and different for Auburn. But contractor Greeley Herrington had a plan. Herrington, fresh into retirement after a contracting caree ...