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Placer County Courthouse

101 Maple St., Auburn, CA
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Auburn
Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums, Landmarks
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Northern California
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215 reviews 215 reviews
36 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Pick a Saturday morning that's brisk and not too hot and go to the courthouse just before 10:00 for a great tour of old Auburn. It's free but allow yourself about two hours. You'll see so much history and when the tour is over, there are several good places to stop for lunch. Our favorite is Awful Annies.

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Auburn, California
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Style and interesting history. Old jail use to be next door, but was torn down and built elsewhere. Reall close to Old Auburn, so convenient to visit.

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Martinez, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nothing to dislike! Nice displays and a great film with lots of history. Docent at the desk was also full of information. Very friendly.

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Danville
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Awesome museum about California and the gold rush. Spent an hour there. Farmer's market is across the street.

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a beautiful courthouse from the 1800's with an interesting collection of California Indian artifacts and a great display of gold nuggets. It is easy to spend an hour here, Also a nice 10 minute film of the historic Lincoln Highway which went through the area. Auburn is a charming town and a nice place to spend a day.

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Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

First floor of the still-working courthouse is a free gold rush museum. Interesting exhibits and info, including raw gold samples from the area. Recommended.

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Auburn, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'm particularly fond of this courthouse as a my father was once a superior court judge here. As a child, I called it "Daddy's Courthouse". Aside from that familiarity, I would point out that this building sat for years in limbo while it was decided whether or not to restore or demolish it. Fortunately, it was saved, although the interior... More

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Meadow Vista, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Did you know there's a fossil bearing cave in the American River Canyon. Have you ever stood at the edge of a Native American Village in pre-Goldrush times. Have you ever seen a Gold Nugget Collection, or heard the story of Highway 40, The Lincoln Highway. How about peering into an under the stairs Woman's jail cell. If you haven't... More

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Meadow Vista, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

On the Ground Floor of the Historic Courthouse is a local museum. Presenting subjects from Native Americans, Fossils, Communication, Gold Rush, to historical Highway 40 it covers a lot of ground in a small space. There's a restored Sheriff's Office down the hall and on old Woman's Jail Cell under the stairs outside. Lots of info in a small space... More

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Nevada City, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This is a really picturesque building near old town Auburn. The bottom floor is museum; gold rush stuff plus Indian artifacts.

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