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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Auburn, California

Clickable Map of Placer County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Placer County, CA (209) El Dorado County, CA (267) Nevada County, CA (221) Sacramento County, CA (390) Sutter County, CA (10) Yuba County, CA (46) Carson City, NV (52) Douglas County, NV (109) Washoe County, NV (92)  PlacerCounty(209) Placer County (209)  ElDoradoCounty(267) El Dorado County (267)  NevadaCounty(221) Nevada County (221)  SacramentoCounty(390) Sacramento County (390)  SutterCounty(10) Sutter County (10)  YubaCounty(46) Yuba County (46)  (52) Carson City (52)  DouglasCounty(109) Douglas County (109)  WashoeCounty(92) Washoe County (92)
Auburn is the county seat for Placer County
Auburn is in Placer County
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      Nevada County (221)  
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      Yuba County (46)  
      Carson City, Nevada (52)  
      Douglas County, Nevada (109)  
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1 California, Placer County, Auburn — American Hotel
Historical Landmark Site of American Hotel One of the early hotels Burned 1855 – Rebuilt 1857 Burned 1905 – Not RebuiltMap (db m44095) HM
2 California, Placer County, Auburn — Auburn Depot
This building served the people of Auburn and Placer County for more than 90 years as both a passenger and freight station. The railroad track adjacent to this historic building is the original route location for the transcontinental railroad. . . . Map (db m81594) HM
3 California, Placer County, Auburn — 138 - 06 — Auburn Depot
The Auburn depot is the fourth depot constructed (1902) on this hill. The original depot was constructed in 1865 when the Transcontinental Railroad came through Auburn. It burned down and was replaced in 1870. The second depot was sold and . . . Map (db m81586) HM
4 California, Placer County, Auburn — Auburn Drug Company
An old fashioned drugstore down to the vintage marble soda fountain, Auburn Drug Company was established in 1896 by James T. Gibson. It was first located on the upper left side of Railroad Street (now Lincoln Way), just below Freeman Hotel. It was . . . Map (db m67555) HM
5 California, Placer County, Auburn — Auburn Iron Works
The Central Pacific Railroad reached Auburn in 1865. This site has been a blacksmithing shop since shortly thereafter. In 1890 it became known as Auburn Iron Works. Blacksmithing, one of the most valuable trades in the foothills, provided services . . . Map (db m67556) HM
6 California, Placer County, Auburn — GPY 135-9 — Auburn Native Sons Hall
Rebuilt in 1860 after a fire, George Willment resumed his mercantile business on the lower floor of this new fireproof building. The second floor was added at this time which was owned and operated by the Eureka Lodge #16 F&AM. In 1871, Willment . . . Map (db m67551) HM
7 California, Placer County, Auburn — Auburn Post OfficeHistorical Landmark
. . . Map (db m12358) HM
8 California, Placer County, Auburn — Auburn Public Library
Constructed in 1908-09 with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Corporation. Building designed in the Greek Revival style of architecture by A.D. Fellows. Formally dedicated May 26, 1909, it housed the City Library for 59 years. Auburn City offices . . . Map (db m31835) HM
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9 California, Placer County, Auburn — Bloomers Cut
So named because of its location on the Bloomer Ranch, it remains virtually unchanged since its original construction in 1864. The overwhelming task of construction was undertaken by the diligent, hard working efforts of a small band of Chinese . . . Map (db m93971) HM
10 California, Placer County, Auburn — Bosse-Morgan Building”Hop Sing Laundry”
Built in 1855 by Gordon. Early tenants included Gellespy & Co. Clothing and J. Harwood & Co. Tin and Hardware. Hop Sing operated a Chinese laundry here circa 1894 until his death in 1944. Purchased in 1897 by Henry Bosse, left to his daughters . . . Map (db m43699) HM
11 California, Placer County, Auburn — Brye HouseBuilt 1882
This Colonial Revival home was originally constructed by Charles L. Simons. Simons came to Auburn in 1850 to try his hand at gold mining, but eventually became the owner of a saloon in town. The home was sold in 1901 to Fred Brye, a well-known local . . . Map (db m81602) HM
12 California, Placer County, Auburn — Camp Flint
At the onset of World War II the U.S. Army's Western Defense Command and Fourth Army sought to secure the strategically important railroad through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On December 9th 1941, soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Division arrived here . . . Map (db m101363) HM
13 California, Placer County, Auburn — Central Square
Central Square: After the Central Pacific Railroad built a Train Depot, over a mile away and up the hill from Old Auburn, civic leaders looked for a way to connect the two areas. The city planners took a map and located a halfway point . . . Map (db m52312) HM
14 California, Placer County, Auburn — Chinese Houses
Historical Landmark Chinese Houses Among the earliest buildings June 1855 fire started here Burned 80 buildingsMap (db m44069) HM
15 California, Placer County, Auburn — 404 — City of Auburn
Gold discovered near here by Claude Chana May 16, 1848. Area first known as "North Fork" or "Wood's Dry Diggings". Settlement given name of Auburn in Fall of 1849. Soon became important mining town, trading post and stage terminal. County seat of . . . Map (db m685) HM
16 California, Placer County, Auburn — Claude Chana
Adventurer and first fruit rancher in Placer County. In 1848 he found gold in the Auburn Ravine, which led to the settlement of a mining camp that later became Auburn. Lord Sholto Douglas Ch. 3 E Clampus Vitus 1975.Map (db m686) HM
17 California, Placer County, Auburn — East Auburn Bell Tower
Erected 1902 "Rattlers" 1988 Plaque donated by Mother Lode Savings BankMap (db m81619) HM
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18 California, Placer County, Auburn — 2008-6 — First Placer County Hospital219 Maple Street, Auburn, California
This building first constructed in 1852, opened on September 22, 1855 as the first Placer County Hospital. In 1890 the building was badly damaged by fire. At the time, the upstairs was the residence and gallery of photographer J.M. Jacobs and the . . . Map (db m93966) HM
19 California, Placer County, Auburn — 780-4 — First Transcontinental RailroadAuburn
After an eleven-month delay due to political opposition and lack of money, Central Pacific tracks reached Auburn May 13, 1865, and regular service began. Government loans became available when the railroad completed its first 40 miles, four miles . . . Map (db m54837) HM
20 California, Placer County, Auburn — Ford & Co. BuildingLincoln Way & Harrison Avenue
George Allen & Joseph Sandhorfer operated East Auburn’s first carriage, wagon, & harness shop in this building in 1896. Other building occupants over the years include: Burt & Locher General Merchandising A.F. Ford & Co., Grocers Ford . . . Map (db m81603) HM
21 California, Placer County, Auburn — G. Willment General Store
Historical Landmark Site G. Willment General Store Second floor was Mason Lodge Built 1852 – Burned 1855 Rebuilt & Dedicated Dec.,27, 1860 Map (db m44075) HM
22 California, Placer County, Auburn — General Gomez Cigar Factory
In 1892, Robert Wise opened a small cigar shop and factory on this site. Shortly there after, Mr. Wise took a business partner, Ernest Burns. During peak times, the small factory was capable of producing as many as one thousand cigars a day. At . . . Map (db m114515) HM
23 California, Placer County, Auburn — Gietzen Fire Station
In honor of Henry Gietzen, Member of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department since September 12, 1922; Fire Chief from 1946 to present. Dedicated in July 1974. William Chaix, Trustee; Egar E. Ganow, Trustee; Henry Gietzen, Fire Chief; J. A. . . . Map (db m687) HM
24 California, Placer County, Auburn — Gold Bug Stamp Mill
The Gold Bug stamp mill was built in the 1880s in the Tahoe National Forest. The Gold Bug Mine, one of many smaller hardrock mines located throughout the Mother Lode, was established to protect the ownership of the main quartz vein of the Eagle Bird . . . Map (db m94180) HM
25 California, Placer County, Auburn — Gold Discovered Just Downstream in Auburn Ravine! - Why Daylight North Rich Ravine?
[Kiosk Side A:] Gold Discovered Just Downstream in Auburn Ravine! On May 16, 1848, just downstream in Old Town Auburn where North Rich Ravine meets Auburn Ravine, gold was discovered by a Frenchman named Claude Chana. After leaving . . . Map (db m52355) HM
26 California, Placer County, Auburn — Historical Auburn Fire House
Erected in 1891 by the volunteer firemen of Auburn Hook and Ladder Company No.2 with funds raised by public subscription. Dedicated May 21, 1892. In continuous use until 1954Map (db m11920) HM
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27 California, Placer County, Auburn — Jacob Feldberg – L. Newman, Clothing
Historical Landmark Jacob Feldberg – L. Newman, Clothing 1850’s & 1860’s Magnolia Saloon – Star Bakery & Restaurant – H. Stone Groceries Map (db m44091) HM
28 California, Placer County, Auburn — Jean Baptiste Charbonneau
As an infant in 1805, he accompanied his parents Toussaint Charbonneau and Sacagawea, as they guided the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He lived along the American River Canyon, at Murderer’s, Buckner’s, Rattlesnake & Manhattan Bars between 1848 and . . . Map (db m44067) HM
29 California, Placer County, Auburn — Lawyers Row
Historical Landmark Lawyer’s Row – built 1855 by Anderson & Mills – Many lawyers here through the years Stars & Stripes paper pub. here 1867 to 1880’s by Hart Fellows Community ProjectMap (db m44065) HM
30 California, Placer County, Auburn — Lincoln Avenue Businesses
When the mines closed in Gold Run, a local entrepreneur named Paul Webber moved his business to Auburn. He began with the purchase of this Lincoln Avenue building. Two saloons and three dry goods stores were the first to open. Years later, . . . Map (db m124537) HM
31 California, Placer County, Auburn — Lincoln Highway
This monument was erected in recognition of the historical significance of this transportation corridor by the Placer County Water Agency and dedicated to the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. Ophir Road was formerly U.S. 40 . . . Map (db m129960) HM
32 California, Placer County, Auburn — Location of Camp Flint
The location of Camp Flint was on the hill just above this site now know as the "Auburn Dam Overlook". The site housed barracks for officers, enlisted men, and P.O.Ws. These Personnel were supported by a kitchen, mess hall, parade grounds, and a . . . Map (db m101364) HM
33 California, Placer County, Auburn — Marguerite Mine “Quartz Rock”
The quartz rock on site here at the Auburn depot came from “The Marquerite (sic) Mine” of Auburn Donated by Don Robinson Don Robinson Sand & GravelMap (db m81625) HM
34 California, Placer County, Auburn — Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge
The Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, also known a "No Hands Bridge", was completed on March 23, 1912. At the time of its construction the span bore the distinction of being one of the largest reinforced concrete railroad bridges in the United . . . Map (db m67664) HM
35 California, Placer County, Auburn — GPY 135-10 — Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge
In 1910, the Mountain Quarries Company contracted for the construction of a railroad bridge over the North Fork of the American River to haul limestone from their upstream quarry. The bridge and 17 wooden trestles were part of Mountain Quarries . . . Map (db m67659) HM
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36 California, Placer County, Auburn — Odd Fellows Hall, Auburn Lodge #7Point of Historical Interest
Instituted in 1852, the first Odd Fellows Lodge organized in Placer County, seventh in California. Meetings were held in several different locations until this building was erected in 1894. Bricks used in construction were made and fired on this . . . Map (db m31842) HM
37 California, Placer County, Auburn — Old Masonic Hall Erected 1860
Occupied by Eureka Lodge No. 16 F.A.M. Much of the material and furnishings came to Auburn via Cape Horn S.A. This plaque is dedicated to the Pioneers of Auburn by Auburn Parlor No. 232 Native Daughters of the Golden West June 11, 1933Map (db m44071) HM
38 California, Placer County, Auburn — 2008-10 — Olivers
In 1889 Walter Gaffett set up a powder factory which was part of the Giant Powder Company from the Bay Area. It's reported that 22 people died from explosions by 1917 when the factory was dismantled. This building originally was the company store. . . . Map (db m67550) HM
39 California, Placer County, Auburn — Placer County Bank
Historical Landmark First home of Placer Co. Bank Estb. Oct. 5, 1887 Moved uptown 1913 & merged with Bank of California 1957Map (db m44093) HM
40 California, Placer County, Auburn — Placer County CourthouseHistorical Landmark
Site of First Public Hanging Area and Graveyard Third Courthouse Cornerstone Laid July 4, 1894 Dedicated July 4, 1898Map (db m12340) HM
41 California, Placer County, Auburn — Placer County Museum
Built originally as mining exhibit hall on the 20th Agricultural District Fairgrounds, this building was constructed in the 1940s by the W.P.A. Crew from nearby Camp Flint. Placer County Historical Society secured use of a portion of the building . . . Map (db m101366) HM
42 California, Placer County, Auburn — Placer Press
Historical Landmark Nearby in this area 1850’s Placer Press paper 1855 to 1858 Above the pioneer livery stable Temple Saloon & Post-Office 1853Map (db m44088) HM
43 California, Placer County, Auburn — Southern Pacific Caboose
This caboose built by Southern Pacific in 1978 was purchased from Jim Dobbas, Inc. of Newcastle and moved to the Auburn depot site Nov. 12, 1990 Purchase of the caboose was made possible by a grant from Bank of America Foundation Grant was . . . Map (db m81600) HM
44 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Auburn Joss House
Auburn’s original joss house (dedicated February 1909) was located directly across Sacramento Street. After the August 25, 1921 fire that destroyed most of Chinatown, a building was erected here that later became home to the Ling Ying Association. . . . Map (db m43696) HM
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45 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Auburn Masonic Hall
The Auburn Masonic Hall was completed in 1917. Since completion it has been home to Eureka Lodge No.16, F. & A. M. The building is clad in beautiful terra cotta manufactured by the Placer County firm of Gladdin McBean. It is the last remaining . . . Map (db m31811) HM
46 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Chinese Coolie
Dr. Kenneth H. Fox crafted this statue from 1 mile of reinforced steel rebar and 35 cubic yards of concrete. The “Chinese Coolie” stands 22 feet high, is 33 feet long and weighs 70 tons. This giant statue relocated to this historic . . . Map (db m81597) HM
47 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Historic Cooper Amphitheater
Kiosk Side A: Creating Jobs and Building Community It started as an ”unsightly maze and tangle of briars, brush and junk”… It became ”one of the finest open air amphitheaters in northern . . . Map (db m52855) HM
48 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Junction House
An early hotel and stage station located on this site marked the junction of roads from Auburn to Foresthill and Illinoistown. In 1854, the home of “The Auburn Poetess,” Mary Eulalie Shannon, reputed to be California’s first woman poet. . . . Map (db m81604) HM
49 California, Placer County, Auburn — The Tsuda Grocery
Katsuichi and Tomo Tsuda of Hiroshima, Japan established the K. Tsuda General Merchandise in 1918. That original store was located at 135 Sacramento Street, about one block east of this location. The business continued to operate at that site until . . . Map (db m55649) HM
50 California, Placer County, Auburn — Travelers’ Rest(Bernhard Complex)
Travelers’ Rest Stage Roadhouse constructed 1851. Benjamin Bernhard, native of Hesse-Cassel, Germany, arrived Auburn 1852, purchased surrounding 30 acres 1868. Developed high level vineyard and orchard cultivation and pioneered experimental silkworm . . . Map (db m690) HM
51 California, Placer County, Auburn — Veteran's Memorial Hall
This property served as the Old Auburn Cemetery, established in the 1850's. About 1893, legislation permitted grave relocation to the Odd Fellows Cemetery, subsequently making possible creation of Sierra Park on these grounds. Agreement was reached . . . Map (db m81799) WM
52 California, Placer County, Auburn — Wells Fargo Express Office – 1852
Historical Landmark Wells Fargo Express Office – 1852 And Hollenbeck Bank Opp. FirehouseMap (db m44094) HM
53 California, Placer County, Auburn — Western States Endurance Run Finish Line
Following the example of Gordy Ainsleigh in 1974, each year runners from around the world meet the challenge of completing on foot the rugged 100-mile distance of the historic Western States Trail from Squaw Valley to this stadium. Placer Union High . . . Map (db m95777) HM
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54 California, Placer County, Auburn — Wise Power Plant
History At one time canals laced the Sierra foothills and the mountains above. Many still exist as do the reservoirs the canals linked. Originally the canals were used to funnel water to hydraulic and pacer mining. The system was well in . . . Map (db m129768) HM
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Sep. 21, 2023