Feature Articles

A Little History - A look at the beginnings of the Placer County Historical Society

A Very Short History of Bowling – An account of Gold Rush entertainment by April McDonald
Amanda Petronella Austin – Placer’s Forgotten Artist by April McDonald
Amber Waves of Grain – An account of early crops in Placer County by Carmel Barry-Schweyer
American River Bars – Location sketch by Gene Markley

An Historical Tour of Auburn –  By Michael Harlan

Auburn's 49ers Volume 1 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn

Auburn's 49ers Volume 2 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn

Auburn's 49ers Volume 3 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn

Auburn's 49ers Volume 4 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn

Auburn's 49ers Volume 5 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn

Auburn's 49ers Volume 6 – Research by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis, Edited by Diane M. Fishburn
Auburn BreweryAn Auburn Landmark by John Knox and Carol Cramer
Auburn Enterprise – The account of the “little general” William Walker by April McDonald
Auburn: The Boom Town That Did Not Bust – Auburn’s history by April McDonald
Auburn’s Cemeteries – A short history by April McDonald
Auburn’s Joss House – Dedication of the Building – Placer Herald 2 February 1909
Benton Welty Classroom – Historical Classroom at City Hall by Michael Otten
Betsy Ross of Horseshoe Bar – A Gold Rush 4th celebration by April McDonald

Black Landowners in Auburn – A Few Observations on the Black Population in Early Auburn by John L. Knox
Brothers Grosh – Comstock Lode story by J. B. Roberts II
Celebrating Auburn’s 125th Anniversary by Michael Otten
Charbonneau – Account of the Famous Mountain Man by Karri Samson
Charles Gladding - Lincoln's Mayor
Chinese Laborers and Cape Horn - The Controversy by Roger Staab
Claude Chana – Pioneer Fruit Culturist from Thompson & West 1882
Conroy Hotel – Account of the 1899 Hotel by Karri Samson
Copper Mining – Locations of Copper in Placer County by Bill Wilson
Distances from Auburn for Jury Duty - Locations for “Distances” from Auburn for Jury Duty posted in the Placer Herald
Earthquake of 1906 – The effect of the Quake on Auburn by Bill Wilson
Eliza Caruthers – Account of Bernhard House Owner by April McDonald
Esther Darling – Auburn Author of Alaska Sled Dog Books by April McDonald
Exploring 1913 – Placer County in 1913 by Michael Otten
Famous Gunfight – Capt. Jonathan Davis and the Bad Guys, 1854 by April McDonald
Fire Queen – The Madam who Saved Fireman in 1851 & 1855 by April McDonald

First Gold Miners in County – Excerpt from History of Placer County
First Memorial Day in Auburn – Excerpt from Lardner & Brock History of Placer & Nevada Co.

Flumes - Moving water - 1849-1860 by John Knox and April McDonald-Loomis

Forgotten Sheriff – Account of Sheriff R. A. Echols murder in 1850 by April McDonald

Founding Members - Brief Biographies of the Society’s Founding Members
Gambling in Auburn – Gold Rush Era Entertainment by April McDonald
Ghosts of Gold Mountain – A Critique of the Change Book by John Knox
Gold Hill Merchant – An account of an early storekeeper by April McDonald
Gold Rush Mail – The importance of mail in the Gold Rush by April McDonald
Henry Thomas Holmes – An account of a 49er by April McDonald
Historical Accuracy – A note on sources by Carol Cramer
Historical Accuracy – A note on the Staab articles by April McDonald
History of the Auburn Ski Club – A presentation by Paul Chesney in 1992
Holsclaw Safe – New Addition to Museum Collection by Michael Otten
Humbug Hues – Hiking in the Canyon by Gene Markley
Inconvenient History – Real history of the Power Mansion Inn by April McDonald
Irene Burns – First Woman Elected Official
Isabella Crandall – A Mystery Good Rush Woman by John Knox
Jacob Hart Neff – 49er and Auburn’s Fountain by April McDonald

James H. Wise – A Power Company Pioneer by Bill Wilson

John Smiley and Naomi Toll Smiley – a Gold Rush Love Story by April McDonald
Journal of Stephen Wing – Excerpts from the 1852-1860 Journal
Last Chance – Early History by Andy Houk
Madam Pauline – From Prostitute to Respectability by April McDonald
Marguerite Carmack – A real gold digger by April McDonald
Mistaken Identity – Chinese Kidnap story by April McDonald
Mrs. Wills Trip Across the Isthmus – 1850 narrative by April McDonald
Murder of James P. Murphy – A Tragic Death in Auburn by John Knox
Mystery of Caroline Solved – Identity of Mystery Tombstone Revealed by April McDonald & John Knox
Naming Colfax – A position Paper by Roger Staab
Nancy Six McCormick Green – The first Emigrant Family in Auburn by April McDonald & John Knox
Nisenan People – An account by Norman L. Wilson
Old Joe – The Tragic Death of a Beloved Stagecoach Horse by April McDonald
Oldest Game in Town – Prostitution in Auburn by April McDonald
Phillip W. Thomas – Knives and Revolvers at the 1854 Convention by April McDonald

Pioneer Honey Bees - How bees came to Placer County by April McDonald-Loomis
Panama Railroad – Crossing the Panama Isthmus by April McDonald
Placer County English Colony – Excerpt from Samuel Gittings
Placer County Fruit Industry – Excerpt from Samuel Gittings
Placer County Men & Chinese Workers – John Knox & April McDonald

Ravines in Auburn - The correct names and locations of local waterways by John Knox
Roadhouses of Placer County – Early inns/hotels by April McDonald
Saga of George H. Stephens – Account of the man and the American Hotel by John Knox

Salmon Statue Controversy - Argument against the statue being placed in Central Square by John Knox
Soap Root – An Incredible Plant by John Knox
Templars Hall – Temperance Order in Auburn by April McDonald
Templars Hall – The Story of the 1883 Building by Karri Samson
Tom Bell and Jack Phillips – Local Outlaws by April McDonald
Western States Trail Museum – An Idea coming to Fruition by Hal V. Hall
When the Telephone Came to Auburn – Excerpts from Bill Wilson column