History

Gotelli captures spirit of Santa in new book

Dolph Gotelli is known worldwide as Father Christmas because of his extensive collection of Christmas memorabilia and exhibits. Starting at the age of 6 when he acquired his first ...

Penryn’s landmark Ground Cow eatery grinds to a halt

PENRYN -- It started in Penryn in 1963 as the Ground Cow, a landmark restaurant stop promising thick, creamy 40-cent milkshakes, charbroiled burgers for six bits and ice-cold 40-ce ...

Korean War vet recalls horrific battle

Veterans Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 11, to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good ...

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 ...

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 ...

Library celebrates 20 years in Folsom

Residents are invited to help celebrate as the Folsom Public Library celebrates its 20th anniversary. Newcomers may take Folsom’s spacious public library for granted. Howeve ...

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 ...

Media Life: 19th century child star ready for Auburn close-up

He’s the only baby ever to appear on a U.S. coin. He’s also a mystery man who no known portrait exists of from his adult years. There’s a town in Oregon named f ...