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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Phone: (530) 346-8599


USPS mail: Mail for both the Colfax Area Heritage Museum and the Colfax Area Historical Society is received at PO Box 185, Colfax, CA 95713.

Museum location: The Colfax Area Heritage Museum is physically located at 99 Railroad St, Colfax CA 95713.

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November 18th Presentation
by Roger Staab

Railroad-related Changes in Colfax over the Years

This month, at our quarterly program, Roger Staab will present a slide show outlining the railroad-related changes that have taken place in Colfax through the years. As part of his presentation, he will also explain ways to estimate the dates of some old photos by using clues embedded in the images.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7 p.m.
Colfax Passenger Depot
99 Railroad Street, Colfax

After the presentation, if there is interest by the group that attends, the group will tour the newly-renovated Colfax caboose, which is located near the Passenger Depot. Roger will explain the plans for interactive displays that will tell the story of the caboose, its occupants, and their role in railroad history.

Roger is a member of the Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society,

There is no charge to attend this program. The meeting and program are open to all CAHS members and to the public. Visitors and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend!

November Cobblestones newsletter

Update: November 15, 2017

The November issue of Colfax Cobblestones was mailed to subscribers last week. This issue is also available online.

October 30, 2017

The November 2017 issue of Colfax Cobblestones is at the printer and will be mailed to all CAHS members on November 7. The PDF version of the November issue is now available online.

The November issue starts with the story of Amelia Jane Leonard, one of approximately 65 children who were buried in the Iowa Hill area during the Gold Rush. Amelia's grave site was recently found intact on private property. Robin Yonash wrote this article. It includes Robin's photos of Amelia's grave site.

The November issue also includes some of Pat Jones' histories of local towns, from Alta to Colfax. Pat Jones (May 5, 1921- July 28, 1997) was a local historian and author. Her books include The Colfax Connection: A History of Colfax and Chicago Park Connection.

Pat Jones was the news editor of The Colfax Record from the 1960s through the '80s. She published articles in both national magazines and local publications. A monument and plaque honoring her contributions is located at 25 Church St., Colfax.

Back issues of the newsletter are also available.

September Cobblestones newsletter

August 17, 2017

The September 2017 issue of Colfax Cobblestones is at the printer and will be mailed to all CAHS members on August 30. However, the PDF version of the September newsletter is now available online.

The September issue highlights the life and community contributions of Gertrude Paul, one of the cofounders of both the Colfax Area Historical Society and the Colfax Area Heritage Museum. Gertrude was described as a "historical sleuth" by her friends. Gertrude Paul passed away on May 23, 2017.

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.

November 18, 2017
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Fall general meeting and program

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