Al Albertazzi

General Gomez was but one brand of Auburn’s hometown cigars

It’s been a while since I’ve smelled cigar smoke or seen a man puffing on a panatela, but there was a time before the Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of u ...

Hink Block a home to business for more than 100 years

The Hink Block has quietly served as one of the main anchors of Auburn businesses since the early 1900s  and yet we seldom think of it as a single major building. Instead we s ...

The year 1941 brought World War II to Auburn

World War II came to Auburn just two days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. That’s when men of the Army infantry were rushed here from a camp in Louisiana to protect th ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

What’s the best gift anyone ever gave you?

Let’s take a break for a few minutes and not talk about ebola, the elections, ISIS, the Mideast, climate change or anything else newsy. The days are growing shorter, the ni ...

When the gold ran out the orchards took over

A while ago I received a four-page letter from a reader. The letter was unsigned but the delicacy of the handwriting leads me to think that the writer is a woman, so I’ll use ...

Early juries had compassion for 2 women who killed

Chivalry wasn’t dead in the early 1900s, and two cases of women who killed and walked away illustrate the point. There were mitigating circumstances, of course, and there was ...

Reader Input: Auburn awash in rich history

Thank you, Gus Thomson, Anne Papineau and Al Albertazzi for all your articles on the history of Auburn. There is so much Auburn history you could each write about it every day an ...