Community Profile

Printer-friendly version

Community Profile

Other Sections:


Wooded lots, canyon-rimed homes hidden in Auburn

Community Profile

 
Many of Auburn's neighborhoods are hidden behind hills and cloaked in canyons, like the informal tracts on the northeast side of town. Tucked into deep ravines and perched on knobby knolls, clusters...

Highway 174 weaves together county histories

Community Profile

 
Long before modern byways linked foothills communities, the course of Highway 174 connected Placer and Nevada county Gold Rush settlements. Looping from the outskirts of Colfax to the fringes of Grass...

Highway 49 links together California's 'Golden Chain'

Community Profile

 
Highway 49 is more than just a bustling thoroughfare connecting Placer to neighboring El Dorado and Nevada counties: It is a historic byway marking the impact gold miners had on the development of California. From...

Dry Creek Road plays host to many homes and recreation zones

Community Profile

 
There are several byways linking Interstate 80 to Highway 49 in Auburn, but one of the most interesting is Dry Creek Road. Flanking the slim ribbon of pavement are country homes cloaked by stands of...

Beyond Colfax lie hidden homes and a lake

Community Profile

 
Zipping along Interstate 80 east of Colfax, it seems there is nothing between the old train town and the crest of the Sierra Nevada. But venture off the highway, and you'll find clusters of mountain...

Historic downtown Newcastle keeps reinventing itself

Community Profile

 
Although most foothills municipalities matured from gold mining settlements, Newcastle ripened as a train town, with fruits and vegetables on the side. Cradled in the swollen hills between Auburn and...

Gold Country ghosts continue to occupy the foothills

Community Profile

 
It's the time of year for spectral visions but, in the foothills, the ghosts of the past can be found all year through. Booming into life with the first discoveries of gold in the winter of 1848, most...

Commerce and community mix it up in North Auburn

Community Profile

 
It may not be incorporated, but North Auburn is one of Placer County's most diverse territories. Beyond Auburn's city limits, the north area's informal borders run from Luther Road at Highway 49 to...

Settlers reached the end of the trail north of Lincoln

Community Profile

 
The discovery of gold at Coloma in the winter of 1848 was the first cut that opened the territory to development. But long before prospectors filled the foothills, pioneer settlers found the end of...

Midtown Auburn cinches together city's old districts

Community Profile

 
There are no formal boundaries, landmarks or borders dividing Auburn, but its oldest environs come together in a place called midtown. A designation used to identify one district within the city, midtown...

Granite Bay grows from gold mining camp to top spot

Community Profile

 
If there was any doubt about the agreeable amenities in Granite Bay, being named one of the top 100 places to live in the U.S. should erase it. Tucked into Placer County's southeast sector, Granite...

Bluffs hold a blend of eclectic homes east of Auburn

Community Profile

 
Auburn is known for its medley of residential styles and architectural eras, and nowhere do they harmonize better than on the east side of the city. Comprised of the Aeolia Heights, Olive Orchard Estates...

Taylor Road follows the footprints of historic trails

Community Profile

 
Some roads alter course or change names over time. Placer County's Taylor Road has done both. Now linking Ophir, Newcastle, Penryn, Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville north of Interstate 80, Taylor Road...

From ag tract to tourist stop, Bowman has evolved

Community Profile

 
Looking at the blur of traffic racing along Interstate 80 - and seeing the lines of people waiting to guzzle gas, food and beverages along the frontage roads - it's hard to believe that Auburn's Bowman...

Lincoln's waves of development leave diverse districts

Community Profile

 
Waves of new commercial and residential development are washing over the little city of Lincoln, leaving fresh precincts behind. But that's the way this community always has grown. Prior to the Gold...