Placer County’s unincorporated areas have just as much community pride as their town and city neighbors and now they have a new way to show it.
Starting with six signs in Bowman and five in North Auburn, Placer County has launched a new welcome sign program for its unincorporated communities. Signs for other unincorporated communities are under discussion, with more planned for installation over the coming year.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bowman today, representatives from the Placer County Historical Foundation joined members of the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Placer County Historical Society, descendants of original Bowman residents, members of the Auburn Municipal Advisory Council and local businesses to launch the program.
The idea for the community signs was proposed to the county by the Placer County Historical Foundation, which paid half the cost of the Bowman signs.
“Placer County’s communities like Bowman and North Auburn are special places with rich histories, and these signs are an important reminder of their significance,” said Placer County’s District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “Wherever people see these welcome signs in the future, they should know it all started in Bowman.”
“There’s been a lot of growth in the area around Bowman in recent years and that’s caused the community to lose a bit of its identity,” said Mike Lynch, secretary of the Placer County Historical Foundation and host of today’s ribbon-cutting event. “These new signs highlight that Bowman is a unique place with its own history,” Lynch added. "The signs will help reestablish Bowman’s community identity for both local residents and visitors to the area.”