History

Media Life: Gold Hill history awash with samurai, silkworms

  GOLD HILL – Just a couple of meandering miles along Cold Springs Road from Coloma sits one of those Gold Country treasures that reminds visitors just how historically ...

Remembering ‘the day the world stopped’ 50 years ago

  For those alive on Nov. 22, 1963, news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot is burrowed deep into youthful memories. Today, five decades later, the assassination o ...

Media Life: Prized 1848 Gold Rush nugget gets its due in Smithsonian list

  “Hey boys, by God, I believe I’ve found a gold mine.” Any school kid heard the story and many took the long, winding ride in the big yellow bus to a plac ...

Sierra College professor to speak on communities of Mt. Shasta region

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Sierra College’s Friends of the Library will open its fall-winter speaker series with geographer and historian Carol Jean Cox. The Friends of t ...

Former Press Tribune reporter pens book inspired by combat in Vietnam

On a cold winter afternoon, Robert Pacholik watches the sun blare down on the weathered bricks of Old Town Roseville, casting a blond after-light on doorways and awnings that once ...

Media Life: 1960s TV political drama has little-known link to Auburn

These days, the suits in LA would probably laugh the idea of a TV show with a state legislator as its hero out the door, down the hall and onto the curb. But back in early Novembe ...

1964 Highway 49 bridge rubble remains a cleanup quandary

By most accounts, the Highway 49 bridge blowout of December 1964 was spectacular. Photos and video from the time show the force of a hellish torrent of water and wood collapsing t ...

Media Life: Auburn graveyard giving departed their due

Alexander Owen Bell was one of those colorful characters in the early days of Auburn whose story lives long after his death in 1895. People back then knew him as “Pike,&rdqu ...

Artists sought for Sierra College Dinosaur Day Science Fest

The Sierra College Natural History Museum will once again present Dinosaur Day Science Fest. This educational event continually grows in popularity, offering the community a day of ...

Media Life: Of new radio, missing castles, harps and Dow Jones

It’s about time on this one. Placer County resident Pat Walsh has been the “sports guy” at Sacramento’s KFBK for 17 years. If there’s anyone who dese ...

Funding pops up to replace Auburn’s stolen film plaque

When the John Travolta movie “Phenomenon” was released in the summer of 1996, some of the more urbane critics dismissed the fantasy dramedy as corn. Despite the corn c ...

Media Life: Blues-rock survivors Savoy Brown to play Auburn

Like a finely crafted, vintage guitar, the sound of a classic rock-blues band can wear the years well. With an old guitar, it’s a certain warmth in tone that comes through i ...

Thief filches Auburn’s commemorative link to “Phenomenon”

 A link to Auburn’s major movie-making past has gone missing, and Old Town wants it back. John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker and Kyra Sedgwick spent much of ...

Placer County Gold Rush ghost town gets its identity back

Virginiatown has its historical mojo back. Sometime before the damage and theft was discovered in early July, someone had apparently chiseled the mortar underneath Virginiatown&rs ...

Sierra College explores Galapagos expedition

The Sierra College Natural History Museum will present an illustrated lecture, “Collecting Evolution: The untold story of the vindication of Charles Darwin by the 1905-06 Gal ...