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Looking back at Rocklin’s history with ‘the 12 Bridges’
Friday Sep 25 2015
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
Thursday Sep 10 2015
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
Tuesday Aug 18 2015
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
Friday Aug 07 2015
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
Friday Mar 27 2015
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
Wednesday Feb 25 2015
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
Thursday Jan 15 2015
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
Tuesday Dec 30 2014
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
Thursday Oct 30 2014
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
Wednesday Oct 08 2014
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
Wednesday Oct 01 2014
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
Wednesday Aug 20 2014
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
Thursday Aug 07 2014
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 ...
Remembering Roy Gardner’s heist in Roseville
Thursday Jun 26 2014
Not since the infamous “gentleman bandit” Black Bart had the west coast seen anyone quite like Roy Gardner; and the city of Roseville would face off with him before his ...
History of the trees: Andrews sparked a citrus boom throughout Rocklin
Wednesday Jun 25 2014
Auburn orchardist Moses Andrews originated South Placer County’s citrus industry in 1871 when he first marketed commercial-quality oranges from a tree that he had started fro ...
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