History

1964 Highway 49 bridge rubble remains a cleanup quandary

By most accounts, the Highway 49 bridge blowout of December 1964 was spectacular. Photos and video from the time show the force of a hellish torrent of water and wood collapsing t ...

All those years ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 1963

Auburn teachers’ pay among lowest The salaries of Auburn teachers range from $4,766 to $7,625, it was announced this week by Superintendent James. R. (Bob) Jordan. In distr ...

Media Life: Auburn graveyard giving departed their due

Alexander Owen Bell was one of those colorful characters in the early days of Auburn whose story lives long after his death in 1895. People back then knew him as “Pike,&rdqu ...

All those years ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Oct. 17 and 24, 1963

Jury frees John Brancu on manslaughter charge Seventy-three-year old John Brancu walked out of court a free man last week after he was found not guilty of manslaughter in the fat ...

Media Life: Of new radio, missing castles, harps and Dow Jones

It’s about time on this one. Placer County resident Pat Walsh has been the “sports guy” at Sacramento’s KFBK for 17 years. If there’s anyone who dese ...

The little fair that wouldn’t die

The Gold Country Fair didn’t start with blue ribbons for the prized pig or biggest cabbage, or the best apple pie, or hot dogs and carnival rides. Actually, it started with h ...

Funding pops up to replace Auburn’s stolen film plaque

When the John Travolta movie “Phenomenon” was released in the summer of 1996, some of the more urbane critics dismissed the fantasy dramedy as corn. Despite the corn c ...

Media Life: Blues-rock survivors Savoy Brown to play Auburn

Like a finely crafted, vintage guitar, the sound of a classic rock-blues band can wear the years well. With an old guitar, it’s a certain warmth in tone that comes through i ...

All those years ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal … Oct. 3 and 10, 1963

Country club ‘hackers’ furnish temporary work for unemployed When you’re out of work in the Bay Area, you can always make a living by coming up to Auburn and &n ...

Thief filches Auburn’s commemorative link to “Phenomenon”

 A link to Auburn’s major movie-making past has gone missing, and Old Town wants it back. John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker and Kyra Sedgwick spent much of ...

Mailing a letter is now easier in Dutch Flat

A post office has served Dutch Flat for almost 150 years. As of last week, it also has a Village Post Office. “There’s been a post office here in Dutch Flat since abou ...

When moving pictures came to Auburn

It wasn’t too long after the birth of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century that Auburn joined the rest of the nation in welcoming a new form of entertainment: th ...

All those years ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Sept. 19 and 26, 1963

From the pages of the Auburn Journal, Sept. 19 and 26, 1963   Logger is first fatality on project The first on-the-job fatality connected with the Placer County water pro ...