In the mid-1850s John Studebaker came to Placerville in search of gold. What he discovered here instead was the wheelbarrow-making business. He left his mark on El Dorado County from his blacksmith shop on Main Street, now registered as a California Historical Landmark. In 1858, Studebaker left Placerville to help his brothers with the wagon-making […]
25 Years ago April 10, 1987 Studebakers to be displayed for ‘John Studebaker Day’ The Sacramento Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club will bring several Studebakers to Placerville for display on “John Studebaker Day,” April 12. Al Faure, committee chairman for the Kiwanis-sponsored event, said, “I am very pleased by the response from the Studebaker clubs. […]
It just wouldn’t be Father’s Day without wheelbarrow racing. Regardless of the economy or gas prices, wheelbarrow race fans know that Sunday afternoon at the El Dorado County Fair is reserved for the annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races — the epitome of a family fun. The rules are: Each competitor starts with a wheelbarrow, […]
The Kiwanis Club of Placerville is accepting applications for the 66th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races to he held Sunday, June 20, during the 2010 El Dorado County Fair in Placerville. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the fairÕs grandstands and challenges men, women, teens and children to survive the Gold Rush style […]
25 Years ago July 23, 1986 Wheelbarrow race is big money opportunity In commemoration of pioneer John M. Studebaker, the Kiwanis Club of Placerville again will sponsor the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races held annually in conjunction with the El Dorado County Fair, scheduled for July 31-Aug 3. The wheelbarrow race is Aug. 3, the final […]
A parade grand marshal is the person who has the honor of leading the parade and it is often a celebrity or community leader. The 2014 Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Davey “Doc” Wiser, is a local celebrity that almost everyone knows from the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express re-ride, stagecoach rides on Main Street and […]
Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine stands out as one of the most unique and exciting attractions Placerville has to offer. Located at 2635 Gold Bug Lane, this park has it all: tours of a real gold mine, a mining museum, an enormous stamp mill that was used to process the gold, a working blacksmith shop, gold panning and a gift shop. On the audio-wand […]
Have a hankering to relive the history of the gold rush with thousands of visitors from all over the world?
Then become a volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and join such notables as Black Bart, John Studebaker and Duffy the crazy Irishman.
Part of a crew of 25 volunteers, they are more than just history buffs. Some must have show biz in their blood as they have adopted a character of their own from the past — real or imagined — that they play when conducting tours complete with clothing, props and …
The annual El Dorado County Historical Museum Volunteers’ Recognition Luncheon in December was livened up by a little modern technology as a 6 1/2 foot kiosk bearing the title “Touch the Past” invited people to do just that.
Wave a hand in front of one of the icons on the front of the kiosk and a video begins with a voice-over giving a historical and current perspective of …
COURT NONSENSE: Mike Raffety provided the following testimony from a book called “Disorder in the American Courts”: “ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible […]
A tour group from out-of-town got a snapshot history of Placerville last Friday.
Sponsored by the El Dorado County Historical Society, the tour was led by Don Uelmen and Debbie Hunger Lightfoot. Dressed in period costumes, the duo took a group of 28 members from the Daytona Ski and Travel Club on a quick 60-minute tour of the long and colorful history of downtown Placerville.
Starting at the elegant Cary House Hotel, where many of the tour group were staying, Uelmen noted at one time it housed the Wells Fargo Office and was a stage stop.
EDITOR: In response to Ken Chengian letter to the editor dated Oct. 10, 2012. It’s obvious you don’t know Brian Veerkamp, or what he stands for in this community that you unfortunately live in. And with the rose colored glasses you look thru you never will. He has been active in this community for many […]
The Historic Cary House Hotel was first built in 1857 for William Cary. The current four-story version dates back to about 1916. New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley gave a speech from the second floor balcony in 1859 after a ride with stagecoach driver Hank Monk. The ride was made famous by its description in […]
Downtown Placerville will celebrate the arrival of the 63rd Highway 50 Association Wagon Train as it ambles through Main Street on Saturday, June 9. The Wagon Train arrives around 2 p.m., but the festivities start earlier with the celebration of Placerville Founder’s Day and Placerville Hardware’s 160th birthday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Placerville […]
LIMIT YOUR PROMISES: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following statement regarding promises: “Another advantage to making fewer promises is that the promises you do make will mean more to you and to the people you are promising. You’ll take extra care to attend to those promises that mean the most to […]
Be sure to check out Jupiter in the twilight sky during the first part of April and then Saturn on Sunday, April 15. Saturn is closest to the Earth on the 15th and can be seen all night. The rings are also tilted for better viewing and can be seen through backyard telescopes. It will […]
“Only in America do we buy hot dogs in packages of 10 and buns in packages of eight.” — Claimed by several people Old Town Grill As I mentioned before, my daughter brought the grandkids up for the Christmas Parade last year. The kids wanted French fries for lunch (hey, it is a parade day), […]
Bumper to bumper traffic, jockeying for a parking space and finding they’ve run out of something by the time you arrive — a familiar experience for American commuters, including those who traveled overland to California by covered wagon. Pioneer wagons shared the road, and the resources of the trail, with freight wagons, stage coaches, mail wagons, […]
In the world of real estate, the secret to success is location, location, location. The historical Cary House Hotel in Placerville certainly has that quality. However, it is the mystique of the place that perhaps gives visitors the key to this Victorian hotel’s secret to longevity. The original hotel was built during the Gold Rush […]
Editor’s note: The 2014 sports year in El Dorado County was diverse in its range of feats and accomplishments. The following is a brief look back at the first half of 2014 in a month-by-month breakdown of people, places and events. January — The new year opened with the uncertainty of whether the South 1 […]
Walk the lobby and hallways where Buffalo Bill, Bette Davis and Lynyrd Skynyrd set foot. As you sign the guestbook, think about how the front desk occupies space that once was a saloon where Mark Twain held forth. Then check out Room 311 where Elvis Presley is rumored to have stayed, leading to an El […]
El Dorado County supervisors Brian Veerkamp and Ron Mikulaco took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the government center Thursday afternoon. Veerkamp noted that the challenge began when Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito challenged Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas, who passed it on to the supervisors. County Youth Commissioners led by Lisa Boyle administered the […]
In the sports story in the June 18 issue titled, “Veerkamp becomes new all-time champion,” Spencer Nisson took third place in the Teen Boys race in the 70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races.
In the sports story in the Wednesday, June 18 issue titled, “Veerkamp becomes new all-time champion,” Alejandro Lopez took third place in the Championship Race in the 70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races.
At high noon on Thursday, June 12 the annual El Dorado County Fair opens its gates for a four-day run of family fun and entertainment. This year there are plenty of things to see and do: watch the 70th annual John M. Studebaker International Wheelbarrow Races; eat massive amounts of hot dogs and tacos; enjoy […]
The 70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races, an annual crowd favorite and free with admission to the El Dorado County Fair, is Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Presented by Kiwanis of Placerville, the event features eight race categories: Kids, Youth Girls, Youth Boys, Teenage Girls, Teenage Boys, High School Challenge, […]
In Placerville, the arrival of warm weather is accompanied by the hanging of the Banners on Parade from the light poles along Main Street. The annual public art project started with Wheelbarrows on Parade in 2005 to recognize the legacy of John M. Studebaker, maker of wheelbarrows for the Gold Rush miners and later the […]
Placerville Kiwanis is accepting applications for all racers in the 70th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races to be held Saturday, June 14 at 6 p.m. during the 2014 El Dorado County Fair in Placerville. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the fair’s grandstands and challenges men, women, teens and children to muscle a […]
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? ”Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following odds: ”You’ll survive for another year: 99.8 percent; you’ll get married: 64 percent; you’ll be audited by the IRS: 57 percent; a bill introduced in Congress will pass: 8 percent; you’ll have a supernatural encounter: 5.9 percent; your kid’s a genius: 4 percent; a pregnancy […]
Softball Union Mine 12, Galt 0 — Beth Hammer allowed two hits in six innings, struck out 11 and went 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBIs in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game. Shyanne Winje was 3-for-5 with two doubles and 4 RBIs; Miah Linson (double), Calista Almer and Madelyn Heape also each had three […]
Baseball Oak Ridge 4, Pleasant Grove 1 — The Trojans broke a 1-all tie in the top of the 10th inning Thursday. Tyson Solis (2-for-5, double) joined Erik McNeill (double) and Brogan Cooper (2-for-4) in the Trojans’ nine-hit attack. Austin Root went 7 innings and Cooper the last 3. Oak Ridge 0, Pleasant Grove 10 […]
Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Placer 5 — The visiting Grizzlies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win Saturday’s nonleague contest in Auburn. Golden Sierra (4-5) scored the tying run in the seventh. Jeffrey Klahn (2-for-5, RBI) and Nick White (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs) led the Grizzlies’ attack while Cameron Stephens, Carter […]
The launch of the new, improved “SCATV2 YouTube Channel” (youtube.com/scatv2) is making local programs featured on Sierra Community Access Televsion available to a growing local, national and world-wide audience. Over 80 of the shows viewed in El Dorado County’s homes and businesses are now accessible to people without Comcast subscriptions who have Internet access. With […]
Reid Lambres Ponderosa’s Reid Lambres won both the Giant Slalom and Slalom races at the CNISSF State Finals at Mt. Shasta last March, making him the undisputed state champion of prep skiing in California. Lambres’ feat was the first in El Dorado County since Golden Sierra’s Jake Larson accomplished dual wins in 2007. Corey Pereira […]
On this date in 1923 Harry Houdini escaped from a straightjacket while hanging upside down, 40 feet above the ground in New York City, thrilling all the onlookers. Maybe he was trying to get out of New York and get to El Dorado County for all the fun and exciting things to see and do. […]
It’s time for the El Dorado County Fair, “Blue Jeans and County Dreams,” June 13 to 16 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, and its time to highlight that hidden talent for a chance to win well-deserved appreciation and honors. Participate in a contest or just come to watch; there’s […]
COOL — When Jody Gray swings a leg over her 26-year-old sorrel mare Scotty standing ready near a green pasture here, it’s obvious this woman was born to the saddle. And now Gray, 50, chief executive officer of the El Dorado County Fair, is saddling up to present the popular annual event, opening Thursday, June […]