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 ...

Remnants of Folsom’s once thriving Chinatown buried under brambles?

FOLSOM, CA - The planned Leidesdorff Village project, sporting 56 condominiums and a parking lot near the city’s Corporation Yard, was once home to part of Folsom’s Chi ...

Folsom relives the Pony Express

FOLSOM, CA - The clip-clop of hooves hitting pavement sounded down Sutter Street as a gathering cheered the arrival of the Pony Express. It could have been a scene str ...

Media Life: Folsom Prison’s 1954 gritty riot film resurrected

Imagine Folsom State Prison opening its gates wide for a movie shoot that revolves around a riot inside. In these days of super-secure prisons, it would be a definite no-go. Then ...

History dances in Folsom’s Pioneer Village

One of the regions premier living history museums will offer the community a night of dinner and dancing at the Pioneer Village summer event. According to organizers, a shindig is ...

Folsom plaque dedication

On May 17, a plaque was dedicated to mark the location where, in 1848, Thomas Rhoads found gold near present day Oak Avenue and E. Bidwell Street. From left are Sandra Lunceford, F ...

Explore Folsom’s Jewish heritage at new exhibit

Little known Jewish communities of the Gold Rush era are the focus of a new exhibit at the Folsom History Museum. Western States Jewish History editor Victoria Fisch wanted to bri ...

Media Life: Wild Willie Slade's 1970 hoax inspires Ophir Prison Marching Band

  A humbug can be defined as a hoax meant in jest. Journey with us now to the days of yore – actually the late 1960s and early 1970s – to learn about one of the ...

Wise Powerhouse near Auburn a hard-working PG&E, Placer County landmark

At the intersection of engineering and commerce – and Wise and Ophir roads near Auburn – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. had the foresight to create a power plant that h ...

Daytrip through Amador County

For those looking for a daytrip adventure close to home, families and friends can enjoy a day of history, nature and lunch in Amador County. Maureen Funk, Amador Council of Touris ...