History

New I-80 safety feature: Center dividers

They’re part of the Interstate 80 landscape now. But in 1973, center dividers were a novel innovation along the freeway. The Auburn Journal’s John Trumbo visited the ...

Film shines light on Auburn’s ‘Poet Smith’

Streets have been named for him in his hometown, namely Poet Smith Drive and Smith Court. Auburn had a Clark Ashton Smith Day when his 100th birthday came around on Jan. 13, 1993. ...

Bridge collapse then. Placid crossing now

There was warning before the surge of water rising 25 feet arrived. Upstream, the partly constructed Hell Hole reservoir project on the middle fork American River was having probl ...

Coloma: Not just for fourth graders

The stomach-churning bus ride along winding Highway 49. The rustic buildings that danced off the pages of a social studies book to kindle fourth-grader imaginations. The field tr ...

Raging American River then. Time bomb now

A reminder. While Auburn has experienced some wild, wet and windy days this rainy season, we could still be in for worse. Much worse. Take early 1997 as an example. A “no ...

Downtown Auburn goes underground

Who are these men and why are they showing off two distinctly different types of cable? The scene is in front of the Hotel Auburn on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn in March 1972 a ...

Auburn bank beauty then. Lost landmark now

One of Auburn’s overlooked lost landmarks stands before you today, testament to a time when buildings - bank buildings especially - were constructed with a look that oozed fi ...

This was the year that was

Goodbye 2018. 2019? Bring it on. Media Life approaches the new year with journalistic gumption — ready to take on whatever the months to come dish out. Looking back on 2 ...

When Sinatra turned spotlight on Placer

The Auburn Journal archives this week yields one of a trove of celebrity photos from Lake Tahoe and Reno casinos that were mailed on a regular basis around 1980 to the newspaper, p ...

Best Christmas traditions of Auburn

Look up into the bell tower below the Placer County Courthouse dome and you see something charmingly different from the same-old. The windows glow with red and green, courtesy of ...

Looking back over 30 years in Auburn

Please excuse a nostalgic reminiscence. It was 30 years ago this month that I walked into a bustling Auburn Journal newsroom as the new reporter and got to work ferreting out the ...

The afternoon Old Town Auburn caught fire

Before he died, Ken Yeo visited the Auburn Journal offices and dropped off a stack of photos he had shot more than 60 years before that he thought the paper would be interested in ...

Snowy Auburn streetscape then. Not so much now

Surprise. That’s right. It’s Auburn. Very rarely has it snowed like this in the last 30 years or so. But this 1930s photo of Lincoln Way back in the days when the Au ...

Alpine Market a much-loved Auburn fixture

“Along with just about every other business in Auburn, the Alpine Markets have had to work hard to stay abreast of the changing times. However, even with the keen competition ...

Reining in the deer and a found golden ring

Editor’s note: The following news articles have been taken from the Auburn Journal archives with light editing. To comment on Vintage Auburn, contact staff writer Mindy Schil ...