History

History of the trees: Andrews sparked a citrus boom throughout Rocklin

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 ...

Legacy: A look back at Ansel Adams’ work in Rocklin

Rocklin in 1962 looked like an all-American railroad city, and one of the most famous photographers in the history of California captured that moment through the power of his lens. ...

Another look at Rocklin’s historic Roundhouse

In 1862, during the Civil War, the United States Congress authorized Federal incentives for construction of a rail line to connect eastern population centers with California. In Ja ...

Roseville rail yard explosion revisited

It was the morning of April 28, 1973, when Phoebe Astill was violently awakened from her sleep, having been thrown literally out of bed by a terrible concussion that rocked her hou ...

Rocklin’s Huff Spring: history at 120 gallons a minute

If you find yourself walking through Johnson Springview Park, heading on the trail past the remains of what was once a Johnson dairy farm, and then continuing further still towards ...

It’s official. Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge now a California Historical Landmark

Newly minted as a California Historical Landmark and with a gleaming plaque to prove it, the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge is 102 years old and far from sagging under the weigh ...

Auburn Masons to allow rare public peek at inner sanctum

 With Gold Rush roots and a charter dated Nov. 7, 1851, Auburn’s Masonic Lodge is getting ready to celebrate renovations on its Downtown Auburn hall that retain and enha ...

Looking back: a history of Old Saint Mary’s

In 1882 John Bolton, the Irish land developer who plotted Rocklin’s original town site, donated an oak-frame for the city’s first Catholic Church. Construction started ...

Media Life: Wild Willie Slade's 1970 hoax inspires Ophir Prison Marching Band

  A humbug can be defined as a hoax meant in jest. Journey with us now to the days of yore – actually the late 1960s and early 1970s – to learn about one of the ...