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
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September Cobblestones newsletter
November 1, 2016
The September 2016 issue of Colfax Cobblestones was mailed to CAHS members in September and is available online.
To read the September 2016 issue as a PDF file, click here, or click on the picture of the newsletter below.
The September issue includes an article about the collections and items in the Colfax Area Heritage Museum, Colfax's Shadow Art Walking Tour, and more.
September 17 Meeting and Program
August 25, 2016. Updated September 2, 2016.
May Colfax Cobblestones Newsletter
August 14, 2016
The May issue of the Colfax Cobblestones was mailed to CAHS members in May 2016, but wasn't posted online at that time. The September issue is currently being written, and will be mailed to CAHS members in early September.
To read the May 2016 issue, click here, or click on the picture of the newsletter below.
The May issue includes:
Colfax's Shadow Art Tour
Download the new guide to Colfax's Shadow Art
June 22, 2016
Walking around downtown Colfax, you may have noticed the Shadow Art painted on walls of buildings and retaining walls. These murals were created by Jim Bowers and Foxey McCleary. The mural shown here is located on S. Auburn St.. The Grace Hubley Foundation has funded a guide to all of the murals, which is a PDF file that you can download and print or view on any device that displays PDF files. Click here to download or view the guide.
Shadow Art on S. Auburn St., Colfax, CA,
This guide includes photos of the murals and a walking
guide to their locations.
The Iowa Hill Divide Trilogy by Robin Yonash
Second Book in the Trilogy Is Published
Patrons of Mike Papas' Saloon (from the Henderson Collection).
Towns and People of the Iowa Hill Divide, the second book in the Iowa Hill Trilogy by Robin Yonash is now available for purchase locally at the Colfax Area Heritage Museum or online at amazon.com.
People and the settlements they live in make up the human history of a place. This book is about the towns of the Iowa Hill Divide in Placer County and the people who lived in them from the Gold Rush era to the present day.
Robin's series documents the rich history of the Iowa Hill Divide. Based on extensive research, Towns and People of the Iowa Hill Divide includes:
Detailed annotated history of the founding of Iowa Hill.
Detailed annotated history of the "old" Iowa Hill Store, which was originally built about 1853 and lasted until 1968.
An examination of the validity of various legends about Iowa Hill, such as Iowa Hill was once considered for the State Capitol.
History of other towns on the Iowa Hill Divide, including Damascus, Humbug Canyon, and Wisconsin Hill.
Biographies and family trees for several founding families.
Biographies of various notable citizens and other residents, including Jacob Neff, Mel Henderson, and Lyman Gilmore.
A discussion of the influence of women, African-Americans, Chinese, and Native-Americans on the Iowa Hill Divide.
Numerous photographs, some published for the first time, plus maps and other illustrations, and a list of sources.
Proceeds from the purchase of this book at the Colfax Area Heritage Museum
benefit the Colfax Area Historical Society. Purchases from amazon.com
support the Iowa Hill Community Club.
Volume 1 of The Iowa Hill Divide trilogy, Schools of the Iowa Hill Divide is also available.