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Heritage Trail Museum Tour Set for August 7 and 8

July 23, 2010

Looking for a fun family adventure that celebrates Placer County’s remarkable history?

Then travel the 2010 Heritage Trail on August 7 and 8, which features 19 museum stops from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Admission is free at each site, all open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The museums highlight the work done by brave adventurers who transformed early Placer County. They discovered gold, built the transcontinental railroad through the high Sierra, delivered mail across the mountains traveling on long, skinny skis, and moved wagons up granite cliffs in search of a new life. Long before the Gold Rush brought major change, Native Americans maintained a sophisticated culture here.

Using artifacts and anecdotes, the Heritage Trail will celebrate these early Californians, their achievements, and more, while also highlighting the joys and challenges of everyday life. Visitors can try many hands-on activities, such as panning for gold, baking biscuits in an 1890’s wood stove, climbing aboard a real stagecoach, and racing to the finish line in an old-fashioned gunny sack.

A display of historic telephones is open for viewing at the Roseville Telephone Museum, which is part of the Heritage Trail.

        Click here to download a trail guide: Heritage Trail Tour

Richard Yue provides information about the Auburn Joss House Museum and Chinese
History Center.

Many of the museums will also offer fun food and beverages, such as cookies, hand-churned ice cream, root beer floats, Indian flat bread and lemonade.

All the museums are easy to reach from Interstate 80. Five valley museums are in South Placer. Six Auburn museums are located within one mile of the Historic Courthouse. There are eight mountain museums, located in North Lake Tahoe, Alta/Dutch Flat, Colfax and the Donner Lake areas.

Special low-cost bus tours will be available both days. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.

For more information, visit the, or the Placer County website,  The official trail guide is  posted online in the blog spot.    Copies will also be available in local museums. The Placer County Museum Division can be reached at 530-889-6500 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make bus reservations or to obtain more information.

The Heritage Trail is sponsored by Capital Public Radio, SureWest, Placer County, and the Native Sons of the Golden West, Auburn Parlor 59.

Leather ski bindings are part of a large display of "snowshoes" as skis were called in the gold mining camps. The display is at the Western Ski Sport Museum at Boreal Ski Area.