History

People to watch: Finding historical relevance in North Auburn buildings

Ramona Brockman traces her love for old buildings back to an 1870s Victorian in Denver, Colo. The house was her grandmother’s and she looks back now with appreciation for ma ...

History: When the train came down Main Street in Old Town

The next time you’re in Old Town Auburn, look up Sacramento Street and imagine a railroad train coming down the hill, down the middle of what was once called Main Street and ...

Media Life: 2016 Awards honor year of Auburncentricities

The Media Life “Lifey Awards,” presented each year for outstanding achievement in a column snippet, took on even more prestige this past year. A life-sized replica of ...

Mark your calendar for 2016’s Top 5 Auburn anniversaries

Get out your party hats. Auburn is poised to mark a variety of anniversaries in 2016 – from the first flight to arrive in the city to Auburn’s first – but not onl ...

Media Life: Auburn dancers’ airport ballet video goes viral

It all started on a moving sidewalk in Denver. The passersby didn’t seem to take much notice Dec. 7 when members of the State Street Ballet company from Santa Barbara perfor ...

Placer County Pearl Harbor survivor, 95, recalls attack

The birthday in December is important. It’s Dec. 12 and Weimar’s Joe Mariani will turn 96. What’s his secret? “Maybe I got pickled in the Navy from drink ...

Media Life: 'Girl on the Train,' dogs, James Patterson tops in Placer County

In the world of adult fiction, dogs are, well, top dog in Placer County. So says digital records compiled by the Placer County Library Sirsi system. Sirsi keeps a count of librar ...

Clampers hold a beer in one hand, a good deed in the other

As gray clouds rolled across the sky Wednesday afternoon and Old Town filled with the scent of food frying in a nearby restaurant, two “Clampers” set to work outside th ...

Vinyl vicissitude: Auburn record store memories rekindled by Tower film

Directed by Collin Hanks, starring larger-than-life mogul Russ Solomon and featuring a supporting cast that boasts Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, music business documentary &ldq ...

Media Life: 12 Best Reasons for Auburnites to be Thankful

Auburn’s an original. And for that we can all be thankful for 365 days of the year. But on a long weekend where we gather to annually give thanks, what better time for a lis ...

Dorothy Vettling celebrates 101st birthday Saturday

Dorothy Vettling joined a small club Saturday. Celebrating her 101st birthday Saturday night with 34 family and friends at the Monte Vista Inn, Vettling is one of&n ...

Media Life: TBS 'Conan’ appearance for Auburn drummer’s Saint Motel

Auburn’s Greg Erwin and Saint Motel are riding a second crest of success as their new recording “Cold Cold Man” moves up the charts. The L.A.-based Saint Motel g ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 Lost Landmarks

Think of a stopwatch counting down 4,500 seconds. That’s how long it took – from fire alarm to extinguished blaze – for flames to gut and ultimately destroy the ...

Stirring Auburn Veterans Day parade wrings out strong memories, emotions

Deep and lasting, the battle scars have long stayed with Frank Lujan. The 91-year-old World War II veteran got his near Metz, France. He remembers the date – Dec. 12, 1944. ...

Media Life: Auburn Past and Present Photos Show Vanished Auburn

Auburn in the Great Depression became the subject of famed Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee during late 1940. Lee’s lens focused on the poor and the dis ...