The Colfax Area Historical Society (CAHS) preserves the local history of Colfax, California, the surrounding area, and the railroads, by collecting stories, photographs, and artifacts about the people and buildings in this part of the Sierra foothills.
The Colfax Area Heritage Museum is open daily, 10 a.m. 3
May 13th Meeting and Program
Come learn about the history of Folsom and the Folsom Powerhouse on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7 p.m.
Stephen Porten, a docent and tour guide at the Folsom Powerhouse State Park, will speak to us at our quarterly meeting. Stephen has been a docent for four years. He is one of 30 people who volunteer at the Powerhouse and the Powerhouse Visitor Center. He will also explain why the Folsom Prison is located where it is.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
There is no charge. This meeting is open to all CAHS members and to the public. Visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend!
Stephen Porten was born in Sacramento and lives in Folsom with his wife, Mary. They have been married 54 years. He retired from Pacific Bell in 1994 after 34 years. After Pacific Bell, he continued to work for other telecommunication companies until 2010.
When he's not volunteering, Stephen spends his time with ham radio, photography, and working on his family ranch. He was first licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator in 1958, at the age of 16. He now holds an Extra Class license KN6OX.
May Cobblestones newsletter
April 26, 2017
The May 2017 issue of Colfax Cobblestones is at the printer and will be mailed to all CAHS members on May 4.However, the PDF version of the March newsletter is now available online.
The May issue has photos of the Wells Fargo & Co. Express building in Colfax (1860's), the Central Pacific Freight Depot for its construction gangs (1865), construction of the Secret Town Trestle (1868), the Long Ravine Bridge near Cape Horn (1875), and the W. H. Russell Livery Stable on Colfax's Main Street. It also includes an article about the upcoming May 13 meeting and program about the Folsom Powerhouse.
March Cobblestones newsletter
March 1, 2017
The March 2017 issue of Colfax Cobblestones is at the printer and will be mailed to all CAHS members on March 8. However, the PDF version of the March newsletter is now available online.
The March issue has articles and photos of the Towle and Colfax Grammar Schools, the upcoming March 18 meeting and program, a profile of Cobblestones editor Mel Couchman, and more.
Back issues of the newsletter are also available.
November Cobblestones newsletter
November 19, 2016
The November 2016 issue of Colfax Cobblestones has been mailed to CAHS members and is available online.
To read the November issue as a PDF file, click here, or click on the picture of the newsletter below.
For previous news and articles, click here.
All meetings and programs are held in the Meeting Room of the Colfax Passenger Depot, 99 Railroad Street, Colfax, CA 95713
May 13, 2017
July 13, 2017
View the complete 2017 calendar.
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Do you have a passion for history that you would like to share? Would you like to put on a program?
If so, please contact Walt or Bonnie Wilson at (530) 878-6640, or email them at email@example.com
CAHS is on Facebook
The CAHS now has a Facebook page: "Colfax Area Historical Society."
Our Facebook page is facebook.com/colfaxmuseum/
Our Facebook username is @colfaxmuseum