Join Us for Placer County's Heritage Trail!
3rd Annual Heritage Trail Museums Tour
Visit 19 museums from Roseville to North Lake
Tahoe for free
For the most up-to-date Heritage Trail
information, trail guides and a map, visit
To see how Rocklin got its name, Roy Ruhkala will be
performing an old fashioned, hand powered granite splitting demonstration
at the Rocklin History museum on Saturday at 10:30 and Sunday at 2:30.
Native Sons of the Golden West - Auburn Parlor #59
Heritage Trail Offers Free Fun for Families and
Looking for a fun family adventure that celebrates
Placer County's remarkable history? Then travel the 2010 Heritage Trail
on August 7 and 8, which features 19 museums stops from Roseville to
North Lake Tahoe. Admission is free at each site, all open from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. both days. Read more
Museums on the Heritage Trail:
Valley Museums - located in South
Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
Roseville Telephone Museum
Maidu Museum and Historic Site (Roseville)
Griffith Quarry Museum (Penryn)
Auburn Museums - within one mile
of the Historic Courthouse
Gold Country Medical History Museum
The Benton Welty School Room
Mountain Museums - located in the
Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe
Forest Hill Divide Museum
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
Donner Summit Historical Society Museum
Western SkiSport Museum (Boreal)
Gatekeeper's Museum (Tahoe City)
Watson Cabin (Tahoe City)
For more information on what's happening at the
participating museums, see story below.
Ross Carpenter shows off a
foot-pedal-powered dental drill used during the 1800s. This equipment
is in the Gold Country Medical History Museum in Auburn.
Heritage Trail Bus Tours
Three bus tours are offered this year. Two
of the tours depart from and return to the Gold Country Faigrounds in
Auburn. Bring a bag lunch, or order a box lunch from Tsuda's Old Town
Eatery. They will take your lunch order, box it up and bring it to the bus
for you. Call them at 823-2233 to place your order.
The Saturday tour, Discover the Mountains,
will stop at the Big Bend Visitor Center, Golden Drift Museum, Colfax
Area Heritage Museum, and the Forest Hill Divide Museum. Cost is $10.
Bus departs at 9 a.m. from Gold Country Fairgrounds.
The Sunday tour, Explore the Valley,
stops at the Griffith Quarry Museum, Maidu Museum, Roseville Historical
Society Carnegie Museum, Roseville Telephone Museum and the Rocklin
Historical Society Museum. Cost is $10 and bus departs from the Gold
Country Fairgrounds at 9:45 a.m.
This year, for the first time,
we are offering a Summit-Lake
Bus Tour on Saturday. It will leave from the Sugar Bowl
parking area on Donner Pass Road (56 miles east of Auburn). The stops
include the Donner Summit Historical Society Museum, Western SkiSport
Museum, and the Gatekeeper's Museum and Watson Cabin in Tahoe City. All
passengers on this tour will need to bring a sack lunch. Cost is $10.
To reserve your spot on any of the
three bus tours, call 889-6500. Seats fill up fast, so call now!
Marissa Maruscsak practices gold panning with help
from docent Jo Cuff at the county's Gold Country Museum in Auburn
during the Heritage Trail in 2009. Gold panning is one of the many
fun activities on the Heritage Trail Admission to all museums is
free; a few activities, such as gold panning, have minor costs.
What's Happening at the Participating
& Historic Site - 1960 Johnson Ranch
Drive, Roseville · 916-774-5934
The new Maidu Museum's round design honors the Native California
roundhouse. Opened in February 2010, it offers new cultural heritage
exhibits, Indigenous Art Gallery, gift shop, a 30 acre historic site,
an ancient Indian village site featuring petroglyphs (rock art) and
hundreds of bedrock mortars. Guided Historic Site Tours: 10:00 and
1:00; Guided Museum Tours: 11:30 and 2:30. Children's Activity
Tables: Stave Games, Beaded Bracelets, and Acorn Grinding throughout
the day. Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
Historical Society Carnegie Museum - 557 Lincoln
Street, Roseville · 916-773-3003
Come get a taste of history from the home town of the
SP Railroad. The Carnegie Museum is home to the Roseville Historical
Society and the Roseville Genealogical Society. Just released! Images
of America in Roseville from Arcadia Publishing will be available along
with other local books for purchase. Check out trains, planes, a horse
drawn surrey, and lots more! Restrooms, food available.
Telephone Museum - 106 Vernon Street, Roseville ·
From magnetos to Mickey Mouse and everything in between, come absorb a
little bit of telephone history. Presented by SureWest, this is among
the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in
the nation. It's fun, exciting and educational. Guided tours will be
available. Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
History Museum - 3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin ·
Explore Rocklin's history of rock, rails and ranches. See tools and
images from when Rocklin was the "Granite Capitol of the
West." View our "Gold, Granite and Grit" video to see
Joel Parker Whitney's 27,000 acre Spring Valley Ranch. Learn about the
Central Pacific Roundhouse.Granite splitting demonstration by Roy
Ruhkala on Saturday 10:30 & Sunday 2:30. Restrooms, food available.
Quarry Museum- Taylor and Rock Springs Roads,
Penryn · 530-889-6500
Step back in time, literally, at the beautiful 23 acre Griffith Quarry
Park and Museum this weekend! Come see our exhibits highlighting the
early history of the granite industry in Placer County. Sunday 11:00
Guided walking tour of quarry. Restrooms available.
Museum - 101 Maple St., Auburn · 530-889-6500
Located in the Historic Courthouse in Auburn this museum offers fun
activities for people of all ages. View the women's jail where Alma
Bell (incarcerated for killing her boyfriend) shares her tale of woe.
The mysteries of Hawver Cave will be explored in an on-going film
presented by Gene Lawrence. Author Jody Horner will be selling and
signing Golden Corridor books. Root Beer Floats served outside from
noon to 4:00! Restrooms, handicapped accessible, food available.
Medical History Museum - 219-100 Maple Street, Auburn ·
You can participate in demonstrations and hands on use of old medical
instruments. Watch a demonstration of electrical shock treatments with
a real violet ray instrument. You might even see a leech or two! Enjoy
a slide show of medical history over the last 400 years. New displays
include an operating table, medical books and medicinal herbs.
House Museum - 200 Sacramento Street, Auburn ·
The Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center is dedicated to
preserving the Chinese history of Auburn and Placer County. Inside the
historic batten and board building are artifacts and displays that
reveal the customs, lifestyles and culture of the Chinese Community.
Visitors can enjoy having their fortune told using Chinese fortune
sticks. The Joss House will be handing out coupons for free samples of
ice cream at Old Town Dessert Café.
Museum Complex - 291 Auburn-Folsom Rd., Auburn ·
Join the fun! Churn homemade ice cream and prepare shortcake in our
wood burning stove. Peruse the quilt show, tour the museum and
enjoy the wagon collection on display from the Native Sons of the
Golden West. Enjoy sack races and 19th Century games all
day. Wine tasting is available at the Baumbach Winery.
Museum - 1273 High St., Auburn · 530-889-6500
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to strike it rich! At the Gold
Country Museum you will hear the banging of our stamp mill and feel the
cold water on your hands as you pan for gold. Challenge our docents to
a Gold Rush era card game or relax with a glass of lemonade. Restrooms,
Welty Schoolroom - 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn ·
Visitors will get a sense of "school days" in the early
1900's. The Benton Welty Schoolroom is packed with photos, student
scrapbooks, maps and old schoolbooks. Visitors can try their hand at
string games and penmanship exercises. There will be handouts for
coloring and copies of punishments for breaking the rules.
Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
Divide Museum - 24601 Harrison Street, Foresthill ·
Watch the blacksmiths craft period tools and implements and try your
hand at gold panning. Be sure to visit the new fire truck display
as well as our fascinating gold rush and lumber history exhibits. Bring
your picnic and enjoy the park that surrounds the museum. Enjoy Indian
fry bread. Walking tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
Restrooms, food available.
Heritage Museum - 99 Railroad Street, Colfax ·
Colfax is celebrating 100 years of incorporation. Special displays will
be photos of the early days as a city, stories of the people and events
of the first decade and actual record books of business licenses,
births, deaths, minutes and more. Living History and music too!
Featuring the "Best Cookie" of 1900-1910. Restrooms,
handicapped accessible, food available.
Museum - 32820 Main St. , Dutch Flat · 530-389-2126
A stop in Dutch Flat is like stepping back in time. This museum is dedicated
to the history of Gold Run, Dutch Flat, Alta, Towle and Baxter.
Displays include a photo gallery, Indian projectile points, fraternal
organization memorabilia, Chinese Joss House artifacts, mining history
and the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. Refreshments will be
served. Food available.
Visitor Center in Tahoe National Forest - 49685
Hampshire Rocks Rd., Soda Springs · 530-426-3609
The Big Bend Visitor center is host to a variety of exhibits that
explore the transportation history of the area. In addition to the
museum, enjoy the national forest and guided walks planned for this
10am: Film: Early Auto Trips to Tahoe at 2 pm:
Film: Forgotten Journey, the Stephens Townsend-Murphy Saga
10:30am: Junior Ranger program on fire safety at
1:30pm: Wagon road walking tour. Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
Historical Society Museum - 21501 Donner Pass Road ·
Our museum features the many transportation routes over Donner Pass and
development of the ski industry with pictures, postcards, displays,
family histories, posters, and early ski/snow equipment. We have an
espresso machine and will serve all sorts of coffees, mochas and hot
chocolate. Restrooms, handicapped accessible, food available.
SkiSport Museum - 1-80 Castle Peak Exit, Boreal Mt.
Resort · 530-426-3313 x113
Immerse yourself in the history of Sierra Nevada winter sports dating
back to 1853 when miners introduced skis to the gold camps. On 14'
"longboards" miners reached speeds of 80 mph. See the mailbag
and skis John "Snowshoe" Thompson used to carry the mail
between Genoa and Placerville. Over 20 exhibits from the WWII 10th
Mountain Division to local ski champions awaits. On-going showing of
vintage ski movies including newly restored 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic
footage. Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
- 560 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City · 560-583-1762
Built in 1909, the Watson Cabin is the oldest building constructed
on-site in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. Today it houses exhibits about the Watson family and
their role in Lake Tahoe history along with summer programming for the
whole family. This summer the Watson Cabin will also have a
photographic exhibit documenting the history and development of Tahoe
City. Handicapped accessible.
Museum - 130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City · 530-583-1762
The Gatekeeper's Museum, featuring the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket
Collection, is a reconstruction of the original gatekeepers cabin/home
who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. Today, the museum
showcases Tahoe history from its Native American inhabitants through
the logging era and establishment of the tourism industry in Tahoe
The Steinbach Indian Basket Collection displays an incredible
collection of over 800 vintage and contemporary Native American
baskets, jewelry, pottery, dolls and more throughout western North
America. The collection is one of the most complete on display in North
America.Docent tours are available at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 both days.
Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
Imagine yourself hurtling down a steep and dangerous mountain wearing
these! The leather binding is nailed into the ski. The Western
SkiSport Museum holds a large collection of "snow shoes" as
skis were called in the California gold camps. Snow shoes were built
by the miners out of wood and used for races during the winter. The
skis used in races were 13 or 14 feet long.