History

Surviving autograph book highlights Rocklin’s past

It was the holiday season of 1902. Eleven-year-old Myrtle Ryan, a Rocklin Elementary student, wanted yet another signature in her autograph book; but this one was to have special m ...

The hints of Haunted Placer: lines between history and the paranormal blur

When looking into urban legends and local lore, many stories turn out to be pure fabrication or the residue of overactive imaginations from the past. Yet sometimes researchers stum ...

Looking back at Rocklin’s history with ‘the 12 Bridges’

Much of western Rocklin is astride the southern 12,000 acres of the Spring Valley Ranch of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Parts of Lincoln and Penryn cover northern parts ...

Brutal Rocklin murders of 1877 a forgotten saga

Over the years, several news articles and books have been written about the painful history of the Chinese expulsion from Placer County in 1877. Yet often times the precursor to th ...

Looking back: How Rocklin went to the races

Editor’s note: This is an updated and expanded version of a story that ran in the Placer Herald three years ago. In 1895, horse doctor Mansfield Delano and his wealthy broth ...

Historic Rocklin death a puzzle for early pathologists

There was a chill in the air on a cold December day in 1891 when a coworker of Albert Bertelsen came calling at his home two miles east of Rocklin. Bertelsen’s friend knocked ...

Oskari was a bridge between Rocklin and Finland independence

Eighteen-year-old Oskari Tokoi left Russian-ruled Finland and came to New York in 1891. He was one of 350,000 Finns who came to America escaping Finland’s harsh politica ...

Rocklin’s Porter Saloon was a history of high spending

Old Rocklin maps show that, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were at least ten saloons within two-hundred yards of Rocklin’s roundhouse at the corner of Grani ...

Rocklin’s 1900 double-murder remains jarring

In 1900, Rocklin’s granite quarries had survived the economic depression of the mid-1890s and were busy shipping stone for many of Northern California’s monumental buil ...

Looking back: Rocklin’s legacy was founded in Granite

Downtown Rocklin is astride a 100-square-mile belt of high quality and easily accessible granite that extends from Folsom to Lincoln. Assisted by easy access to rail shipping, gran ...

Roseville’s Stone House has a dark legacy

Many cities have their own urban legends or folklore about haunted cemeteries or old, abandoned houses; and while such stories are often conjured by partial truths and overactive i ...

Flashback: Golf, celebrities and storms in Rocklin

The year was 1964. Lyndon Johnson promised a quick victory in Vietnam and was elected President over Barry Goldwater. Arnold Palmer won the Masters Tournament in golf for what turn ...

Rocklin’s Crossroads forged in historic flames

It was a chilly winter night in 1987 when a volunteer firefighter returning from a call was cruising down Rocklin Road and spotted a puff of smoke from the second floor of the old ...

A murder unremembered: Rocklin Cemetery holds a dark tale

Situated under a large oak tree in the Rocklin cemetery sits the Chateau family plot. This little obelisk which marks the spot where many of the Chateaus are buried does not have a ...

Historic Rocklin building was forced by fire

In the early 1890s, demand for Rocklin’s light-gray granite building stone grew steadily and Rocklin’s quarries were at peak activity. Rocklin’s railroad roundhou ...