Rocklin history

Oskari was a bridge between Rocklin and Finland independence

Eighteen-year-old Oskari Tokoi left Russian-ruled Finland and came to New York in 1891. He was one of 350,000 Finns who came to America escaping Finland’s harsh politica ...

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 ...

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 ...

Expulsion of Chinese on heels of murder

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three-part series focusing on the expulsion of the Chinese residents of Rocklin in 1877. On Sept. 16, 1877, lawmen from Rocklin and Rosevi ...

Letter to Editor: Ordinance could boost economy

In the Aug. 23 edition of the Placer Herald, I wrote about historic preservation and outlined several benefits to the community. One of the most important benefits of having a lo ...

Letter to Editor: Let's preserve our 'hard rock' history

I strongly agree with Carol Ellis’s comments in the (Aug. 23) Placer Herald regarding Rocklin’s forgotten/hidden history/heritage. I have lived here for 10 years and, except fo ...

Letter to Editor: City should set up Historic Preservation Commission

From Bakersfield to Beverly Hills, forward thinking cities (and City Council members) are establishing Historic Preservation Ordinances along with Historic Preservation Commissions ...

Celebrating Rocklin's history

Rocklin artist Ken Maddex and his wife, Jill, were the center of last week’s celebration marking the completion of the Rocklin landmarks mural on the exterior of the Blue Moose D ...

Immigrants dig into Rocklin's quarries

They would drag hay bales across the floor to make it slick and then dance to the music of Rocklin’s Echo Band until midnight. They would adjourn upstairs for supper, rest awhil ...

Rocklin's early firefighters held monthly meetings to plan weekly dances

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a four-part series on the historic fire of 1914. DeFoe, a history professor at Sierra College, presented the story at the Rocklin Historical ...