Claude Chana

Old Town Auburn tunnel tales: Gold, ghosts, graffiti and glow sticks

The ongoing drought has created a gold mine in Old Town Auburn – literally. Yards from the giant statue of the man who discovered the glowing metal and jump-started the foun ...

A time-honored walk along Auburn Ravine

We all know that Claude Chana discovered gold in Auburn Ravine Creek in 1848, but few of us pause to think much about the stream that gave birth to the city of Auburn. Part of the ...

History engraves its way into heart of city

Several pieces of Auburn’s history will soon make a permanent residence in Central Square. The Streetscape History and Art Advisory Committee has given the OK for 10 people, gro ...

Save LED billboard for Las Vegas

The Auburn City Council wants to do what — erect a $60,000 LED billboard, with its garish blues, oranges, yellows and greens flashing on and off with those annoying CNN-type scro ...

The New Year is all about No. 1’s

This New Year is a celebration of No. 1’s as we kick off January with 1/1/11. Ralph Gibson, program manager for Placer County Museums, said he thinks the No. 1 historical event ...

Our View: Keep historic Gold Discovery Park open to everyone

On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold in Coloma. More than 160 years later, the state of California is looking to close Marshall Gold Discovery Park, built on the site ...

Monumental spirit

Editor’s note: This is the the first in a 10-part series exploring the stories behind some of Auburn’s iconic people and landmarks. Standing 42 feet high and weighing 120 tons, ...