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Join Us for Placer County's Heritage Trail!

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What's Happening at Participating Museums


August 7-8

 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

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.



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Heritage Trail Offers Free Fun for Families and History Buffs

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 



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Museums on the Heritage Trail:


Valley Museums - located in South Placer

Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum

Roseville Telephone Museum

Maidu Museum and Historic Site (Roseville)

Rocklin History Museum

Griffith Quarry Museum (Penryn)


Auburn Museums - within one mile of the Historic Courthouse

Placer County Museum

Bernhard Museum Complex

Gold Country Museum

Joss House Museum

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

Golden Drift Museum

Big Bend Ranger Station

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.


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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!


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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 Museums

Maidu Museum & 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.
Roseville 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.
Roseville Telephone Museum - 106 Vernon Street, Roseville · 916-786-1621
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.
Rocklin History Museum
- 3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin · 916-624-3464
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.
Griffith 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.
Placer County 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.
Gold Country Medical History Museum - 219-100 Maple Street, Auburn · 530-887-1915
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. Restrooms available.
Auburn Joss House Museum - 200 Sacramento Street, Auburn · 530-823-0373
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.
Bernhard Museum Complex - 291 Auburn-Folsom Rd., Auburn · 530-889-6500
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.
Gold Country 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, handicapped accessible.
The Benton Welty Schoolroom - 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn · 530-885-4246
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.
Forest Hill Divide Museum
- 24601 Harrison Street, Foresthill · 530-367-3988
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. 
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
- 99 Railroad Street, Colfax · 530-346-8599
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.
Golden Drift 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.
Big Bend 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 weekend.
Saturday at 10am: Film: Early Auto Trips to Tahoe at 2 pm: Film: Forgotten Journey, the Stephens Townsend-Murphy Saga
Sunday at 10:30am: Junior Ranger program on fire safety at 1:30pm: Wagon road walking tour. Restrooms, handicapped accessible.
Donner Summit Historical Society Museum - 21501 Donner Pass Road · 530-277-4015
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.
Western 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. 
Watson Cabin
-  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.
Gatekeeper's 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 Basin.
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.

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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.



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