California’s Oldest Weekly Newspaper Saved From FoldingThe Mountain Messenger Newspaper has been continuously published in Sierra County since 1853.
Local Japanese Americans Celebrate First Foothold In AmericaSamurai driven from Japan by civil war established the Wakamatsu Colony outside Placerville in 1869, near where the Gold Rush began
Underground After-Hours Tour Shows Seedier Side Of Old SacramentoThe Underground After-Hours Tour begins at the Sacramento History Museum but ends at the River City Saloon. After hearing some of the stories on this tour, you might need a drink.
Oldest Jewelry Store In The West Closing After 166 YearsThe oldest jewelry store in the west is closing its doors after 166 years.
Historic Goldmine In Jackson Added To List Of Worst Toxic SitesThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is adding a historic gold mine in Northern California to the nation's worst toxic sites list, allowing for a permanent cleanup of the site.
New Signs Warn Foothills Fishers Of Mercury Danger Left Over From Gold RushThe signs that are now up are colorful, and there are pictures so there's no language barrier and you can understand the warning.
Georgetown Residents Decry Dollar General Store Changing Look Of Gold Rush TownTownsfolk don’t like the prospect of one big proposed change—a new Dollar General store that could replace the horseshoe puts on Main Street. The discount store submitted plans to El Dorado County for a 9,100-square-foot space.
Researcher: 10,000 Years Of Gold Rush Mercury Washing DownstreamIt’s been long-known that some of the poisonous mercury from the Sierra made its way downstream. One big example of that is the crater in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
Century-Old Cemetery Mystery Solved By El Dorado County WomanThe Placerville woman wanted to help. She learned that the grave she was looking for belonged to Mason Brown, a man who came to California in 1849 from Maine during the Gold Rush.
'Uncle Sam Could Be Sitting On A Gold Mine': Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVsAcross the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside.
Best Books About SacramentoRead about early life in Sacramento, the dynamic landscape of the Sacramento Valley and what makes Sacramento the Indomitable City.
Placerville Gold Mine Dispute Recalls Wild West PastThe Wild West spirit of California's Gold Rush is living on in a dispute between government agencies and a Sierra Nevada landowner.
Historic Highlights in SonoraA beautiful two-hour drive from Sacramento and you’ll find Sonora, the eleventh oldest city in California. Incorporated in 1851, just two years after gold was discovered in nearby hills, Sonora still embraces its rich history through restored buildings, parks, and museums. Check out our favorite places in Sonora, California to get your local history fix.