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    Auburn Public Library

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 31, 2013

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    Almond St Public Library, Auburn CA

    Auburn Public Library (a branch library at)
    175 Almond St.
    Auburn, CA
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    The Auburn Public Library, also known as the Old Auburn Library, at 175 Almond St. in Auburn, California is a Classical Revival architecture building built in 1909 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places March 31, 2011.

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    Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

    by JulieJueletha Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    A really amazing spot to take a look at for anyone, but especially the car enthusiast! Amazing cars from days gone by, the Duesenberg was unique and desirable in it's day and only more so today. The cars on display here are great examples of the draw these cars had on people. I especially liked the violet one; definitely a lady's car!

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    Huge Sculptures

    by JulieJueletha Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    Chinese Coolie Worker Sculpture

    Great Statues of Auburn, Auburn (Circa 1940s)
    by Dr. Kenneth Fox (Born 1925)

    Dr. Kenneth Fox began making sculptures in a lot adjoining his home and dentistry office during the late 1960s. Depicting Gold Rush and mythical figures, the sculptures are huge, constructed with concrete supported by rebar steel. While some local residents consider them eyesores, especially a couple of semi-nude female Amazon figures, public acceptance has grown; today his 45-ton concrete gold miner sculpture stands tall in Auburn’s Old Town and can be seen from Highway I-80. His largest work, a 70-ton concrete depiction of a Chinese “coolie” worker pushing a wheelbarrow, is a tribute to the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    The sculpture can be seen on his property.

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    Placer County Courthouse & Museum

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 20, 2013

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    Placer County Courthouse &  Museum, Auburn
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    Placer County Museum presents an overview of Placer County history from the early Nisenan inhabitants through the latter half of the 20th century. It also includes the Placer County Gold collection, the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts and the original Thomas Kinkade painting "Auburn Centennial". The Museum occupies the first floor of Auburn’s historic Courthouse.

    To schedule a group tour, call 530-889-6500

    Old Town Walking Tour every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. sharp – rain or shine – for a free guided tour of Old Town Auburn. The tour begins at the Courthouse, 101 Maple Street, and lasts about one hour.

    Everyone who is headed out for Auburn's Old Town Country Christmas in December (2013) needs to know that The Placer County Museum, located inside the historic courthouse, will be open. Not only that, there will be Christmas crafts and a holiday quilt show.

    Placer County Museum
    101 Maple St
    Auburn, CA 95603
    (530) 889-6500
    placer.ca.gov

    The museum admittance is free.

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    Auburn City Hall and Fire House

    by JulieJueletha Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    Auburn City Hall and Fire House

    One of the least interesting structures in Auburn, a sharp contrast to the Victorian and Western feel of this Historical Landmark Town but this building is on the National Register of Historic Places in Placer County, California. The building was erected in 1937.

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    "What Killed the American Hat?"

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 18, 2013

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    Placer County Museum

    The exhibit "What Killed the American Hat?" in December 2013 has just undergone an update with a whole new collection of women's hats. Guests, particularly children, are given a note to fill out and turn back in telling what they believe the hats were from (one answer was "From Aliens" and another "From Godzilla") and why they thought that. The answers are cute and clever.

    Example: The hat is from "ALIENS"
    Because: Aliens are here!
    I think hats were done in by: Tornadoes
    Because: When a big storm rips up your town the first thing to go are hats.

    Open Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm - Closed Holidays

    Free Admission

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    Bernhard Museum

    by JulieJueletha Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    The Bernhard Museum Complex is a history museum located at 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn, California. It consists of one of the oldest buildings in Placer County, Traveler's Rest, which was built in 1851 as a hotel. The hotel was popular with miners and those traveling along Auburn Folsom Road. In 1858 it became a home. In 1868 it was bought by German immigrant Bernhard Bernhard. The property became a winery in 1874, with the addition of a winery building and an additional building for processing in 1881.

    The museum features the restored winery and processing building, and the home which is decorated in the 1870 Victorian period style and is filled with antiques.The tour guides are dressed in period clothing and are very friendly and knowledgeable about the family and operations of the home and winery. It was intriguing to see and hear the way people lived more than 100 years ago. The house is filled antiques and the tour takes you right through the middle of everything (small children need to be watched carefully).

    You can tour the home in less than an hour. Outside there is also a carriage barn which was built by the Native Sons of the Golden West. It houses a collection of wagons, including a buggy and a mud wagon. You can't get too close to the vehicles but they are very interesting to look at. In 2007, the Placer County Museums Living History Program built a summer kitchen.

    Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Holidays Admission Free

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    Auburn Walking Tours

    by JulieJueletha Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    WALKING TOUR DOWNTOWN
    http://www.auburn.ca.gov/services/Comm/Docs/AuburnDowntownBrochure.pdf

    WALKING TOUR OLDE TOWN
    http://www.auburn.ca.gov/services/Comm/Docs/Old%20Town%20Auburn%20Brochure-Nov25.pdf

    City Tours
    historian@auburn.ca.gov

    These tours are comprehensive with maps and photos along with history and interesting facts you can read as you go along and since they are self guided, go at completely your own pace. Very interesting points to see, or pass up as you like! Take a look on the website and print out the brochure to guide you when you go. And all FREE!

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    Hiking the American River Area

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Valley of the river-600 feet below
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    There are trails that go along the river on both sides. Trailheads are generally down form the old bridge area, and are under control of California Parks; thereby costing $10 to enter-not for me just to hike. I took the hike toward Calcutta Falls, both from the old Foresthill Bridge, just off the bend where it splits towards Foresthill and Hwy 49. that hike is about 2 /12 miles one way. I also hiked it for 3 miles one way off of Hwy 49, about 1 1/2 miles before the bridge. both hikes are free and parking for 20+ vehicles is along Hwy 49 right at the river.
    Swimmig can also be an activity near the start of the trailhead.

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    Josh House Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    View of the small house

    This is seldom open for tourists coming to town, but it is used for local events and school children to see. It depicts the times of Chinese that lived on this block that climbs up form the center of old town section. Many of the Chinese house burned, but this remained.

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    Bernard House Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    This was a very nice tour presented by volunteer docents on the hour. The main house was built in 1851 by George Bishop and John Long to be a hotel stay for people coming to the region, and traveler tourists later. Most arrived by stage coach and this was a place to rest. They had at one time 150 acres of ground and most was used for grape vines for making wine. A number of outbuildings were on the grounds, and next to the house today is the original wine storage facility, and it has an underground tunnel connecting to the main house. Bernard purchased the property in 1858 after the hotel ceased, and he added to the house and turned the property into wine making.

    A number of local people re-obtained period furniture to accompany some from the family still on premises. It is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11-4PM. Admission is free.

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    Placer County Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    This Courthouse is in use today for activities of people residing in the County. Construction began in 1849, and was dedicated in1898. It sits on top of a hill at the peak of the town center. A nice museum is inside, housed in two rooms. One has a display of gold nuggets and fragments that was purchased back in early 1900's for $394, 000. Today, at $1300 per ounce for the 194 ounces, this gold is worth $4,035,000. It was used as a stables base for the county in its time to back up public activities. The Sheriff's office is the same as back from 1920's. There also is a room that displays Indian artifacts and interactive history of the Nisenan tribe that occupied this area for 1,000 years.
    The museum is open 10-4PM daily, and admission is free.

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    Old Firehouse

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Brightly painted firehouse with tower
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    This is a four story small, but tall building that dates back from 1891, and is one of the oldest remaining structures from that era. It was moved to the current location to accomodate the I80 freeway that came through the area just to the west 1/2 block away.
    The doors usually are not open as best I could determine, but inside is an old firetruck

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    Old Town Auburn

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Nov 3, 2011

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    Old Town Auburn is an interesting diversion and worth a hour or two to explore. There are a few interesting buildings to walk and stores to explore. Sacramento Street runs roughly north and south and is the main street on which most of the Old Auburn businesses are. Most of these businesses either have a red brick or wooden painted red finish. According to one local source after major fires in 1855 and 1857, Auburn went from wood to brick construction. A couple of the streets that intersect Sacramento are a little steep such as Lincoln but shouldn't present a challenge to walk.

    An interesting tidbit on Auburn is that it has the oldest continually operating post office in California. Now called Station B it is located in Old Town on the corner of Sacramento Street. Going inside the post office you feel like you are in a turn of the century small bank (see picture)

    There is also an interesting old fire station that dates back to 1852 when it was built by community volunteers. It remained part of the fire department until 1954 and was moved to its current location in the 1960's.

    If you walk south on Sacramento Street up the hill you will see many private residences that were built in the late 19th century. One home worth noting is a restored home that housed many chinese laborers working in the mines.

    Turning up Lincoln off of Sacramento Street you will see on the left hand side a gorgeous white older colonial looking that is now a law office. (See picture below). The fence on this home is original dating back to the late 1800's.

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    Placer County Gold Museum

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Hidden among the Placer County Fairgrounds is the Placer County Gold Museum.

    The Gold Country Museum, housed in a historic Works Progress Administration (WPA) building, interprets Placer County’s Gold Rush history. The building consists of moving in the dark through a recreated hard rock mine. Once you leave the mine, you see a a stamp mill and an assayer’s office. It’s here that gold was processed from the raw material removed from the mines. Exhibits of a miner’s cabin are also on display.

    If you have kids they may want to pan for gold on an indoor water feature. You can also pan for your own gold in our indoor stream.

    I found the museum to be ok but I have seen better mining museums other places. If you are pressed for time I would focus on the Bernhard Museum unless of course you have kids. One of the nice things about the museum is that it sits on the Placer County Fairgrounds and since the fair only operates for a few weeks a year there is plenty of room for the kids to run around in.

    Admission to the museum is free. Panning for gold costs $3.00.

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