History

Celebrate history at annual dinner

The Rocklin Historical society will hold its Installation Dinner Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Whitney Oaks, 2305 Clubhouse Drive. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner an ...

Rocklin's museum: There’s history behind those walls

The Rocklin History Museum is at 3895 Rocklin Road, at the corner of San Francisco Street. Dr. Henry Fletcher erected this building as his home and office in 1905, boom times for ...

Rocklin History Tour Stop 3: City Hall was a quarry store

This building is at 3980 Rocklin Road. Adolf Pernu, owner of Rocklin’s early 20th-century California Granite Company quarry, built it as a company store for his employees in ...

Rocklin History Tour Stop 2:  the Finns in the Hall

Finn Hall is at the corner of South Grove and Rocklin Road. It is the most visible reminder of Rocklin’s once dominant Finnish culture. Rocklin’s first Finns were a ...

Rocklin History Tour: Stop 1

The lake in front of Rocklin’s library at the corner of Rocklin Road and Granite Drive fills one of four granite quarries operated in the in the early 20th century by the Uni ...

Our View: Impromptu quarry tour from the experts

What happens if you stop by the museum on a rainy day to talk history with Gary Day? Well, in my case, you just might end up tramping through wet grass with Gary and Roy Ruhkala, g ...

First firefighters had fun, too

Editor’s note: In last week’s column, Gary Day explained how Rocklin Hose Company No. 1 employed a fire bell located near City Hall to alert the department to fire. A ...

Rocklin Hose Company No. 1

  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 railro ...

City to split Big Gun Quarry property

  Historical community members are not satisfied with the latest plan to partially save the Big Gun Quarry on Pacific Street from a state-mandated sale.   The ...

Rocklin's haunted history comes to life

The Rocklin Historical Society hosted a dramatized historical tour of the Rocklin Cemetery Saturday and Sunday, featuring several "apparitional actors" playing the parts ...

Rocklin’s ghosts host cemetery tour

  Join the Rocklin Historical Society for some Halloween fun as they tour the Rocklin Cemetery and resurrect some of Rocklin’s most famous deceased citizens. On the af ...

Man’s best friend: Joel Parker Whitney’s pet coyote

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on Joel Parker Whitney’s coyote. Read the first here. Joel Parker Whitney published this article in ...

Whitney shared tale of captive coyote

Joel Parker Whitney published this article in the Sportsmen’s Review of Cincinnati in 1904.  He pasted it into his diary, where Jean Day discovered it earlier this year. ...

UP 844 rolls through Rocklin

Union Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 844 thundered through Rocklin Thursday afternoon, making its way to Sacramento as part of UP's 150th anniversary celebration. The train ...

Rocks, Rails and Ranches: Early newspaper article lauded Spring Valley Ranch

Western Rocklin covers the southern 12,000 acres of the Spring Valley Ranch of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Boston businessman George Whitney started the ranch in 1856 a ...