Placer County Historical Society

Ophir’s landmark plaque back in place after theft

The plaque stolen from Ophir’s historic monument two years ago has been replaced with a new one. And it took two ceremonies to do it. The initial plaque arrived from the fo ...

Placer Gold Rush ghost town loses marker to theft

A funny thing happened to Kurteous Maximus on his way to an E Clampus Vitus meeting in the rural area between Lincoln and Auburn. Taking a side road to the meeting hall, Kurteous ...

Now quiet East Street once held a lively city park

A few times when reading accounts of life in Auburn I have come upon allusions to a place called Sierra Park, and I had always wondered just where and exactly what this Sierra Park ...

Media Life: Mark Twain in Placer, KCRA prowess, Colfax “Lincoln” miscue

  AUBURN CA - Mark Twain in Placer County? While Nevada City, Grass Valley and even the Nevada County burg of You Bet can claim a visit from the author of countless American ...

Community Portrait: After 34 years at the library, time at last to read

As of today there will be one less familiar face around the Auburn Placer County Library. Longtime library employee Karri Samson is retiring from the library staff after 34 years o ...

Community Portrait: Auburn’s Michael Otten a chronicler of history

“When I do my tax return where it says occupation, I write volunteer,” said Auburn’s Michael Otten. Otten jokes but it’s not far from the truth. Otten is president of the P ...

Don’t let change ruin Auburn’s identity

It looks like I will miss the proposed special meeting on Central Square but I would like to forward some thoughts. By now you should be more familiar with the history and why the ...

Square becomes town lightning rod

Searching for a new notebook while wondering if the Cash for Clunkers program was deemed so successful, then how soon before we see Wampum for Washers or Moola for Microwaves? … ...

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 ...

Public outcry tables square name change

The Auburn Urban Development Commission will hold off on plans for Auburn’s Central Square after close to 50 residents showed up to a public meeting Monday night to share their d ...