Ralph Gibson

Placer County's Heritage Trail history tour just the tonic for weekend fun

Pills and potions. Shady charlatans and mighty men of medicine. Sawbones and jawbones. It’s all there, tucked away in an unassuming Victorian painted welcoming tones of crea ...

Museum to show Gold Rush in new light

For years, the Placer County Gold Rush Museum has offered visitors an up-close look at the history behind the California Gold Rush. In just a few months, an updated version of the ...

New Placer County museum in North Auburn will tell story of WWII military hospital

A new museum featuring the history of the Placer County Government Center-Dewitt Hospital is taking shape. Located in the former home of the Interfaith Food Closet on Richardson D ...

Work to start on relocated Gold Rush Museum in Auburn

Work is set to start on a new museum in Downtown Auburn. The Gold Rush Museum is expected to debut this summer after the improvements are completed. The 113-year-old depot buildi ...

Civil War returns to Auburn 150 years later

Marking 150 years since hostilities ended April 9, 1865, the Civil War is coming home to Auburn in the form of a new Placer County Museums exhibit. While no battles were fought on ...

Media Life: State Theatre work unearths long-lost 1930 art deco treasure

A vertically challenged genie? A variation on the theatrical “tragedy-comedy” mask, this time memorializing loud acting? A stylized tribute to Aztec culture run amok? ...

New Placer museums chief breathing life into history

Placer County’s museum artifacts are turning up in the darndest places. In the Placer Herald newspaper office in Rocklin, chairs once occupied by its 19th-century publisher ...

Heritage Trail museum tour offers 20 museums from Sierra to Valley floor

Remnants of the Gold Rush era, transcontinental railroad history, a granite mining site and a host of other peeks at Placer County’s past are on display Aug. 2 and 3 for the ...

Supervisors OK $93K for museum relocation

The Placer County Board of Supervisors agreed this week that the county would cover the $93,000 cost of moving Gold Country Museum from its location in Gold Country Fairgrounds to ...

Swallows return to courthouse perch

Squatters are staging a live-in at the Placer County Superior Courthouse, but their presence isn’t posing much of a burden to court staff or museum visitors. Much like with ...

Reader Input: Folks related to Alma Bell murder case sought

On the evening of June 5, 1909, Alma Bell shot Joe Armes through the heart with a .32-caliber revolver. He died almost instantly. The trial that followed was covered by newspapers ...

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 ...

Come learn what local history has to offer on The Heritage Trail

Where can you learn to split granite blocks with hand tools, get zapped by a violet ray, have your mug shot taken, trade barbs with a notorious murderer and come face to face with ...

Media Life: Huell Howser, Auburn bridge forever linked via web

  The late, great Huell Howser had a way of tapping into some kind of deep-seated desire by Californians to identify with the state’s disparate points of pride - large, ...

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 ...