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Library to celebrate John Studebaker

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 […]

As we were: Placerville celebrates John Studebaker

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. […]

John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races feature tougher course, added challenge

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, […]

Racers needed for the 66th annual John M. Studebaker Races

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 […]

As we were: Wheelbarrow race commemorates pioneer Studebaker

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 […]

40 years: 40 objects celebrate Historical Museum

With this year being the 40th anniversary of the El Dorado County Historical Museum, what better way to celebrate than by highlighting 40 objects that best tell the story of the county and the museum.

The brainchild of museum Director Mary Cory, she said the inspiration came from a book she read about the history of the Civil War that was told through 50 objects.

“Quite a few books tell a story through objects,” she said.

Arranged chronologically or by theme, the first of 40 objects …

2014 Grand Marshal is having a rockin’ good time

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 […]

Best Local Attraction: Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park & Mine

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 […]

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Gold Bug volunteers: Characters need apply

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 …

‘Touch the Past’ at the library

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 …

Heard over the back fence: Career info Nov. 5

 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 […]

Group tours historical downtown

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.

Veerkamp is Biden look alike rebuttal

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 […]

Cary House

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 […]

Trail’s end in Placerville

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique fair, breakfast, train rides in El Dorado

 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 […]

At a glance: Ring in some fun

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 […]

Stepping out: Old Town Grill is now serving dinner

“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), […]

Have wheels, will travel

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, […]

Cary House Hotel remains close to the action

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 […]

SS concerts celebrate first year

July is the first anniversary for the second Saturday concert series at the Shingle Springs Community Center. The July 11 show will feature the Road Crew and the return of recording artist Sugar plum.   The Road Crew The Road Crew has been playing Americana music since 2010. The group has played at the Rescue Community […]

Sheer determination carried Miki Sparks to finish

Miki Sparks competed in the Women’s Division of the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races last Sunday at the El Dorado County Fair. From the start, the 28 year-old Placerville resident and other contestants competed with their bags of sand (ore) and wheelbarrows — navigating through hills, fallen trees trestle, railroad ties, log […]

Snyder wheels her way to repeat

Makenzie Snyder and Grant Krale each had exactly one thousand reasons to smile Sunday evening after the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Grandstands. Synder, a Coloma resident and former Ponderosa High/Chico State volleyball star, defended her title by leading from start-to-finish — toting 45.20 pounds of ore. […]

On tap

Today  Mutton Bustin El Dorado County Fair Grandstands, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 Baseball South Lake Tahoe @ EDHS, noon, (2) Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Grass Valley Miners, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Reno Rebels, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Wheelbarrow […]

Things to do: June 12, 2015

ONGOING Put banners 612 here Banners on Parade, presented by the Placerville Downtown Association is on Main Street through Oct. 17. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more […]

Year in Review: Recap: Jan – June 2014

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 […]

Cary House hosting guests since 1857

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 […]

Board of good sports

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.

Veerkamp becomes new all-time champion

Championship Race 1st-Brian Veerkamp 2nd-Jesse Spencer 3rd-Grant Krale Women’s Race 1st-Makenzie Snyder 2nd-Kara Reed 3rd-Mila Olson Old Timers 1st-Mark Schwartzmeyer 2nd-Dean Marks 3rd-Donald Narden 4th-Davey “Doc” Wiser 5th-Steve Mee High School Challenge 1st-Union Mine (P.J. Repetto/Tyler Parker) Teen Boys 1st-Dan Carey 2nd-Levi Schnetz 3rd-Dallas Biel Teen Girls 1st-Alexandra Nisson 2nd-Jacqueline Nisson 3rd-Emily Costa Youth Boys […]

70th running of the Wheelbarrows

The 70th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races were held Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Coverage and top finishers will be in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat.

Grow For It! It’s fair time: hot dogs, herbs and gardening

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 […]

Wheelbarrow races this Saturday

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, […]

Banners are back

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 […]

Racers wanted for the wheelbarrow races

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Start summer with a free swim in Cameron Park

”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 […]

Roundup: April 9, 2014

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 […]

Roundup: April 4, 2014

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 […]

Roundup: March 20, 2014

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 […]

Roundup: Mar. 19, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Ponderosa 0 Singles (OR first): Charlie Conarro def. Trip Moore, 6-3, 6-0; Matt Fergerson def. Quaid Moore, 6-0, 6-3; Simon Chan def. Hunter Portillo, 6-0, 6-0; Clarence Lai def. Kyle Johnson, 6-0, 6-0; Matt Lai def. James Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-2; Sam Miller def. Brandon Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Hayden […]

SCAT can be tracked with YouTube channel

The launch of the new, improved “SCATV2 YouTube Channel” ( 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 […]


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