History

How did the name of our city originate?

  In previous weeks, we have seen that Rocklin is probably not a corruption of “Rockland.” Rocklin could be the name of a person who was locally prominent when R ...

Rocklin saves chapel from sale

  After two years in limbo in the dissolution of redevelopment agencies statewide, the Rocklin History Museum, St. Mary’s Chapel and the Rocklin branch of the Placer Co ...

Was there ever a Mister Rocklin?

  How did the name of our city originate? Local historians say Rocklin is probably not a corruption of “Rockland,” because our city has never been known as &ldquo ...

The hunt is on for Rocklin’s origins

  How did the name of our city originate? Last week we saw that Rocklin is probably not a corruption of “Rockland” or a Finnish equivalent. But could Rocklin be a ...

Wine and jazz with Rocklin Historical Society

  Heritage will be the theme of the night at a Rocklin Historical Society fundraiser Saturday, as local singers from different generations collaborate to raise money to resto ...

How did Rocklin get its name?

  Our city’s name first appeared in print in June 1864, when Rocklin was listed in a Central Pacific Railroad timetable as a stop between Junction (now Roseville) and P ...

Nature celebration at Sierra College Natural History Museum

    From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, the Sierra College Natural History Museum and California Native Plant Society will come together to celebrate nature. The ...

Copp’s Quarry recalls glory days of granite

  To visit Copp’s Quarry, walk about an eighth of a mile north on the paved footpath near the east end of Greenbrae Road. The quarry is dormant now on the east bank of ...

Joel Parker Whitney’s Pyramid Tomb

  This tomb is near the 11th green of Whitney Oaks Golf Course, to the north of Monument Park. In January 1913, Joel Parker Whitney died at Del Monte after a long bout with ...

Joel Parker Whitney’s Oaks Mansion

  A plaque marks the location of Joel Parker Whitney’s now-demolished three-story, 20-room Oaks Mansion. The plaque is in front of a private residence at the end of Kno ...

Clover Valley Bridge was built in English style

Clover Valley Bridge spans Clover Valley Creek in Clover Valley Park. It is the largest of the 12 granite bridges on the road that connected Joel Parker Whitney’s Spring Vall ...

Johnson named ‘Placer County Senior of the Year

Rocklin resident Gene Johnson was honored as the “Placer County Senior of the Year” last month in return for what his colleagues call countless hours of community servi ...

Rocklin documentary returns to air on April 10

When Sierra College professor Dan DeFoe set out to make a documentary about Rocklin’s granite industry, he uncovered a gold mine of local history surrounding the city’s ...

Rocklin’s first documented quarry

Brigham and Hawes Quarry is on the west side of Pacific Street, behind the tire store near the corner of Pacific and Farron. It was probably the first of more than 60 quarries to e ...

Quinn Quarry operated by widow after husband’s death

Quinn Quarry is on Winding Lane, about 200 yards west of South Grove Street. It is easy to find, but vegetation blocks a full view of its scenic lake from the road. William and Ma ...