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Pan for gold like the original 49ers in the majestic American River, trace the history of the Maidu tribe who lived here for thousands of years. Learn about mining and geology, including a working blacksmith shop, in Foresthill. Griffith Quarry literally provided the foundation that many of California’s buildings are made of, including the State Capitol. For a more modern lesson, relive the magic of the 1960 Winter Olympics at museums in Tahoe City and at Squaw Valley’s High Camp or celebrate technology at the Roseville Telephone Museum.
Placer County's role in California's story is as diverse and fascinating as the region's physical landscape.
A 45-ton concrete statue of a Gold Rush era miner stands at the entrance to Old Town Auburn, a small collection of shops, restaurants, and antique stores. The statue is a representation of Claude Chana (1811-1882), the prospector who discovered gold here in the foothills east of Sacramento on May 16, 1848.
This 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.”