History

Auburn anniversaries abound in 2015

Auburn is getting ready to mark some notable anniversaries in 2015, with fire and rebirth a major theme. This year will mark the biggest fire in Auburn history. Breaking out June ...

All Those Years Ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Dec. 31, 1964

Placer designated as disaster area Gov. Edmund G. Brown yesterday designated Placer County a disaster area – and President Johnson was considering a similar move at the Fed ...

Placer High’s built-in-1936 gym getting the Crabbe Stare

Venerable. Awe-inspiring. Nostalgic. The 78-year-old Earl Crabbe Gymnasium at Placer High School inspires plenty of superlatives as visitors enter the Depression-era building and ...

Old Town’s Tsuda name gone but memories kept alive

A well-known Old Town Auburn building is undergoing major changes and is targeted for reopening in early 2015 as a bistro restaurant. Owners Patty and John Dooley have been workin ...

How a saloon keeper changed the look of Old Town

If you’ve stood at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Sacramento Street in Old Town, you may have wondered about the unusual street configuration that leaves a roughly trian ...

Hell Hole Dam collapse 50 years ago today continues to teach

The photos were spectacular as the Highway 49 bridge gave way 50 years ago today. But the lasting story was the upstream collapse Dec. 23, 1964, of the Hell Hole Dam that sent a s ...

All Those Years Ago … from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Dec. 17 and 24, 1964

Great stone face campaign brings ideas of all sorts The campaign to rid downtown Auburn of the Great Stone Face – the big blank wall on the Post Office addition – cont ...

All Those Years Ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Dec. 3 and 10, 1964

Christmas tree detective work The United States Forest Service confiscated some 485 Christmas trees which had allegedly been cut illegally in the Pilot Creek area of the Eldorado ...

No love lost between Sheriff Boggs and lawbreaker Barter

Placer County is seldom mentioned in the annals of the Old West’s pantheon of lawmen and gun fighters despite the fact that Auburn’s J.C. Boggs was one of the era&rsquo ...

Media Life: The day Placer High’s basketball team took on mighty Stanford

Imagine Michael Jordan and his North Carolina Tar Heels teammates arriving in Auburn for a basketball game with … the Placer High Hillmen. It’s a gargantuan stretch o ...

All Those Years Ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Nov. 19 and 26, 1964

Thieves believe in signs – even the big ones Disappearance of the 500 pound slab of redwood that has served as the signboard at the entrance to Squaw Valley State Park sinc ...

Media Life: U.S. Hall of Fame honors for Auburn’s Olympic gold medalist

Add another golden achievement to Stacy Dragila’s Olympian list of accomplishments. And while her just-announced selection to this year’s class of inductees into the N ...

Media Life: Perry King’s “The Divide” poised for Cool ranch shoot in 2015

Perry King knows he’s stepping out of the Hollywood mold. But King, an actor who has found fame on TV’s “Riptide” and in notable films like “The Day ...

All Those Years Ago ... from the pages of the Auburn Journal, Nov. 5 and 12, 1964

Interstate 80 dedication hit by blizzard A dedication ceremony for the trans-Sierra portion of Interstate 80 – the “all weather” freeway – barely came off ...

The 122-year history of Auburn’s Barnett Building

The building on the corner of Lincoln Way and Cherry Streets in downtown Auburn has had several uses in its long history. Today we know it as the Monkey Cat, a popular restaurant, ...