Colfax Area Historical Society

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 p.m.
99 Railroad Street, Colfax, CA 95713
(It is located in the Colfax Passenger Depot)
Phone: (530) 346-8599
Mail: PO Box 185, Colfax CA 95713


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99 Railroad St
Colfax CA 95713

Mailing address:
PO Box 185
Colfax CA 95713


The next Board Meeting is on July 13th

The Summer Board Meeting will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 10 a.m., in the meeting room of the Colfax Passenger Depot, 99 Railroad Street, Colfax, CA 95713.

This meeting is open to all CAHS members and to the public.


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.
Colfax Passenger Depot
99 Railroad Street, Colfax

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.

To learn more about the Folsom Powerhouse State Historical Park, visit

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.

Back issues of the newsletter are also available.


For previous news and articles, click here.


Upcoming meetings

All meetings and programs are held in the Meeting Room of the Colfax Passenger Depot, 99 Railroad Street, Colfax, CA 95713. These meetings are open to all CAHS members and to the public. We welcome your involvement.

July 13, 2017
Thursday, 10 a.m.
Summer board meeting

September 16, 2017
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Summer general meeting and program. This meeting includes board elections and other business.

View the complete 2017 calendar.

Do you have an idea for a program?

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

CAHS is on Facebook

The CAHS now has a Facebook page: "Colfax Area Historical Society."

Our Facebook page is

Our Facebook username is @colfaxmuseum