Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Old Fun at the Gold Country Museum

Any child of the 1970s who visited Old Town Auburn knows exactly what Bob Jetter's Mining Machine was. For the uninitiated, it was a coin operated kinetic sculpture that would run for two and a half minutes on a quarter. It was built around the theme of gold mining and contained several different techniques miners used to find the shinny stuff.

The machine has been sitting under a tarp in our shop for years, and we figured this year's Heritage Trail was as good a time as any to bring it back out to show it's magic to a new generation. We dusted it off, fixed some broken parts and got it running again. It will be on display at the new Gold Country Museum, located at 601 Lincoln Way in the old depot building.

Don't worry about bringing quarters, for Heritage Trail weekend the show's on us.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Museum on the Trail!

This year will be the first year The Roseville Fire Museum joins the Heritage Trail!

The Roseville Fire Museum celebrates the rich history of the Roseville Fire Department, local agencies, and the fire service through a collection of historical artifacts, pictures, and videos.
We educate the public on current operations of the Roseville Fire Department and personal fire & life safety. Take a tour of Roseville’s original Fire House during renovations. Timed Activities: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will provide at guided tour, every hour on the hour with our last tour at 3:00 p.m.

For more info, check out their website.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


This year we'll be hosting a pie baking contest at the Bernhard Museum. Pie's must be home made, right down to the crust, and contestants must complete and return their entry forms by July 25th. We're only taking the first 20 applicants, so click on the pie below to get a PDF of the entry form, fill it out, and turn it in at the Museum office in Auburn's Historic Courthouse.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Bus Tour 2014

As in years past, there will be a Saturday and Sunday bus trip available for those who prefer to leave the driving to someone else.

The Saturday trip into the foothills and mountains pulls out of the Auburn Fairgrounds parking Lot at 8:45 am and will make stops at the Skisport Museum, the Golden Drift Museum, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum and the Forest Hill Divide Museum before returning to Auburn.

The Sunday trip has two new stops this year for a total of seven museums! The bus will leave the Auburn fairgrounds parking lot at 8:25 am and make stops at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, the Roseville Historical Society’s Carnegie Museum, the Roseville Fire Museum, the Roseville Telephone Museum, the Maidu Museum and Historic Site, the Rocklin History Museum and the Griffith Quarry Museum.

The cost per person for either bus trip is $10.

On Saturday you can pack your own lunch or you can buy a burger, fries and drink from a local store across from the Golden Drift Museum. On Sunday it would be best to pack a lunch, the Maidu Museum and Historic Site will have snacks and refreshments available to supplement your lunch.

If you have questions or would like to reserve your seat on either bus (or both) please call 530-889-6500.

Trail Guides are In!


Our Trail Guides, which include 20 museums worth of descriptions, locations, regular hours, and Heritage Trail special events, have gone to the printer. You'll be able to pick up a copy at any participating museum shortly, but if you're a go getter who's not into waiting, here's a link to an online version suitable for printing and planning your Heritage Trail route.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Getting Back on the Trail

We're getting revved up to make this the best heritage trail yet! This year it's going to be on the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, so plan accordingly. We have new museums coming along this year as well as new events. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and staff, the Heritage Trail weekend went off without a hitch! IN case you missed it, here's a slide show of the weekend, put together by Mike Southwick.

See you next year!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Museum Highlight #5 Rocklin History Museum

This museum contains many photos of Rocklin pioneers, buildings and artifacts plus extensive story photos of J.P. Whitney’s land holdings and life in Rocklin. The basement contains antiqued quarry tools and railroad equipment.

Don't miss out on Roy Ruhkala's granite splitting demonstration on Sunday 10:30!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Museum Highlight #4 The Lincoln Area Archives Museum

Lincoln Area Archives Museum is ready for your visit.

View Martis and Nisenan arrow heads and other Native American artifacts, Gladding McBean & Co. photos and displays, military displays and Chinese baskets. Delight your eyes with three restored buggies. Enjoy an on-going wood burning stove cooking demonstration. Prize drawings each day include books and postcards and items from local merchants. Lemonade and cookies available.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Heritage Trail is not a naturally occurring event. It takes a lot of hard work from all our museum partners as well as the sponsors below. We just wanted to take a minute to say thanks.