History

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 ...

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 ...

Remembering Roy Gardner’s heist in Roseville

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

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 ...