Auburn, CA Tourist Attractions
Placer CountyLocation and originAuburn, founded by inhabitants of the town of the same name in New York State in the year the gold rush started (1849), lies on the Transcontinental Highway 80, about 30mi/50km north of Sacramento. Its carefully restored old town, with houses from the middle of the 19th century - including an interesting fire-station and the oldest post-office in continuous use in California - reminds us of the gold rush era.
The Bernhard House in Auburn, which adjoins the Placer County Museum, has Victorian furniture and old photographs are on display.The house is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of a farm family in the 1890's. The brick building was completed in 1881, it has been restored to exhibit the equipment essential to early viticulturists. The complex also includes a reconstructed Carriage Barn, which houses historic vehicles ranging from a farm wagon to an early hearse.
Auburn State Recreation Area
Gold Country Museum
The Auburn Gold Country Museum depicts the early days of Placer County. Displays of old mining equipment and exhibits of mining methods are seen. There's also a stamp mill and a period saloon.
Placer County Museum
Of interest in Auburn is the Placer County Museum in which the early times of the Auburn region are documented, for example by means of old gold-digging tools, as well as Indian and Chinese artifacts.
Address: 101 Maple Street, Auburn, CA 95603-5026, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Members of the Placer County Museum Docent Guild will provide tours of the museum upon request.
Typical Visit: 1 hour