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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 where there are plenty of fun and exciting things to see […]
Who: Annual El Dorado County Fair What: 2013 El Dorado County Fair Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: From Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 Tickets: Presale by Wednesday, June 12 for $8 for ages 13 and over, $6 for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 60 & over). There is a Father’s Day Package for $35 […]
When the Wagon Train arrives on Main Street around 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, it will find the place hopping with activity. From noon to 6 p.m. visitors, residents and businesses will be celebrating the arrival of Wagon Train with a barbecue rib cook-off, wheelbarrow demonstrations, gold panning, old west shoot-outs, music, kids’ games, […]
The Placerville Kiwanis Club is looking for a few good men, women and youths to join this year’s John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Sunday, June 16. Between 1989 and 2010 Brian Veerkamp claimed 10 first places, two second places and three third places in the 911 challenge — a […]
What a great public service. The El Dorado County Historical Society conducts monthly tours of historical downtown Placerville during the summer and at other times by request. A couple of weeks ago the society volunteers hosted 30 visitors from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Placerville has some great history to relate, having hosted Mark Twain, newspaper editor […]
Sierra Community Access Television (SCA-TV2) invites everyone in El Dorado County to view its new, improved Internet streaming resource of its great selection of local programming. The recent image and sound quality technology improvements make it possible for everyone in the world to watch Channel 2. People and businesses on the Western Slope of El […]
This month, California lost its greatest cheerleader — Huell Howser. It is newspaper style to refer to people by their last name, but as travel writer Christopher Reynolds of The Los Angeles Times wrote in his eulogy to Huell, “what Californian has ever called him ‘Howser?’” During the nearly 40 years I’ve worked in travel […]
LOVE IN THE A.M.: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar presents the following advice: “Start the day with love” means that when you wake up in the morning, you open your heart and remind yourself of your intent to be loving in every aspect of your life.” A VIRTUAL HISTORY TOUR: On Tuesday, Sept. […]
I was intrigued and just plain astounded when reading staff writer Wendy Schultz’ account of Sierra Nevada Phillips. What impressed me most was the fact that Sierra bought the Rubicon Springs in 1888 from George and John Hunsucker for $5,500 in gold coins. Assuming those were $20 double eagle gold pieces, the gold content alone […]
Wow! District 3 supervisorial candidate Brian Veerkamp won the 73rd annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Race. The 54-year-old retired firefighter beat out a lot of younger men. Not only that, this is his eighth win, beating out a field of a couple of dozen this year. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Placerville, […]
Last weekend’s John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow races was the 68th running of the annual event, not the 73rd as mentioned in Wednesday’s coverage in the Democrat. The race was put on hold during World War II.
For the last 22 years, Davey “Doc” Wiser has competed in the annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races in Placerville for a good reason — he’s a competitor. “I love running,” said Wiser, 70. “I use to run cross-country in high school, plus track and played football. I love sports.” Wiser was an iron man […]
Veerkamp wins 8th title, Snyder 1st women’s title Steve Askin heard the chants of people calling out his name from the grandstands. The crowd’s encouragement for Askin was because he was competing in the Old Timer’s Division of the annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races — with only one leg. His determination to finish earned […]
What: Banners on Parade Who: Placerville Art on Parade Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 9 through Saturday, Oct. 20 Information: Call 530-672-3436 or visit placerville-downtown.org and click on “See 2012 Banners Pix Here” Placerville’s Main Street is the backdrop for the latest Art on Parade. Bill Robinson, president of Banners on Parade, beams […]
GIVING OF YOUR TIME: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar provided the following suggestion: “If you can’t afford to give money, your family can still come together around giving. Perhaps your church or local shelter needs some help. What you do isn’t as important as doing something.” WHEELBARROW FUN AND MORE: Don’t forget to […]
25 Years ago April 25, 1987 Arbor Day celebration planned for April 24 The bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution will be commemorated when the U.S. Forest Service and the local National Arbor Day promoter George Hood plant a bicentennial tree during a public ceremony at the Placerville Nursery on Arbor Day at 1 p.m. April 24. […]