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Roseville Historical Society



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Arcadia Publishing

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200 Black and White

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Long before white settlers arrived around 1849, the Maidu of Nisenan Indians, as they were sometimes called, were living in the vicinity of today's Roseville. Known for its gently rolling hills and beautiful old oak trees, the area had many new arrivals during the Gold Rush. Many came to try their luck, but some came looking for land, not gold, and so stayed here. By 1864, the first several miles of the Central Pacific Railroad reached Roseville (then known as Grider's), cementing its long-standing rail heritage. In 1909, the citizens voted to incorporate, and the sleepy little town became Placer County's largest city, with today's population surpassing 105,000. It is uncertain, but many agree Roseville is so called because of an abundance of wild roses in the region.

Author Bio: The Roseville Historical Society presents a collection of vintage images here illustrating Roseville's remarkable growth through the years, from a sleepy meadow to a railroad hub to a modern suburban city. Using rare photographs from its own archives, as well as those from private collections, the society showcases not only Roseville's rapid evolution as a modern conurbation but the sense of community contained within that has always been a source of pride in Roseville.

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