63 years ago

Feb. 12, 1953

Night shopping is coming to Sonora. Stores will stay open on Thursdays until 9 p. m. starting this spring, according to the Sonora Merchants Association.


East Sonora



3-piece combo


Come on out and have fun!

67 years ago

Feb. 17, 1949

The experiment of the United States Forest Service in charging a fee for camping at Pinecrest campground will be continued in 1949 in a similar manner as first tried in 1948. The Forest Service has announced that the idea of a camping fee will be broadened during 1949 to include several representative camping sites in other parts of the United States Forest. The schedule of charges is as follows: Camping — Fifty cents per day per car with not more than $3 per week. For parties of more than six persons, an additional ten cents per day per person will be charged, but no charge for minors under 12 years. Picnicking — Twenty-five cent to 50 cents per car per day. Five to 10 cents extra for each person above six in a party. Group picnic units may be handled at a flat rate as desirable, the rate to be determined by each Regional Forest division.

77 years ago

Feb. 17, 1939

Estimates are being made at the present time to determine the damage that would be done to historic sites along the Stanislaus River if the proposed water level of the new reservoir were to be raised as planned. It is already known that the old town of Melones would be covered with 300 feet of water, including the milling plant, the cyanide plant, the compressor plant, the offices of the Carson Hill Gold Mining Corporation on the south side of Carson Hill, and the present bridge across the river.

105 years ago

Feb. 11, 1911

It’s history now, and the record reads Tuolumne (Boys) 37, Oakdale (boys) 14; Tuolumne (Girls) 46, Oakdale (girls) 4. That’s the official score of two basket-ball games played at Bradford pavilion last Saturday night. And they were interesting games, snappy at all times and sometimes clever. As it turns out, Sonora people really like basket-ball, and an army of them gathered at the pavilion to witness the two events.

118 years ago

Feb. 12, 1898

The initial of the fifty cent dinners at the Hotel Victoria in Sonora thronged the large dining room of this establishment last Sunday. Five-course gourmet dinners included a bottle of vintage French wine, cafe noir, and a dram of 18-year-old cognac. Editor’s note: The old Hotel Victoria is now the Sonora Inn.

Feb. 26, 1898

Professor Earlson, who gave a number of questionable balloon ascensions in this vicinity, and was supposedly quite seriously injured in Jamestown, at the Sierra Railroad opening ceremonies last year, is now “working” the people of Los Angeles. It is the same old trick of having his balloon catch on fire or split in two so he cannot go up, but he never fails to rake in the shekels.

148 years ago

Feb. 15, 1868

Last Tuesday Constable Smith, on a warrant from Justice Cutting of Chinese Camp, went to Columbia and arrested a Chinawoman accused of petty larceny. On reaching Sonora, the Chinawoman yelled like a thousand coyotes — a crowd gathered, helped her yell, and some bent on fun cried for the hanging of Constable Smith. Accordingly, Smith thought things were beginning to look squally, and he tried to make the crowd understand he was an officer discharging his duty, but to no purpose. Justice Tupper finally arrived and had Constable Smith arrested on charges of kidnapping. The Chinawoman was also arrested, and both were thrown in the city lockup, where they remain.

160 years ago

Feb. 19, 1856

EDITORIAL — It is the opinion of this paper that the growing importance of Sonora and Columbia, and the necessity of having a more agreeable mode of transit than now in use, between the two places, more particularly in winter, when the mud is hub deep, and in summer, when the pulverized dust covers and almost stifles us, calls upon all good citizens to bestir themselves on the subject of rendering such a trip between the two cities a matter of ease. We are perfectly satisfied that the construction of a good Turnpike would be a vast benefit to both places; bringing them, as it would be, within fifteen or twenty minutes of each other, and thus making a trip to and fro one of pleasure. Buggy wagons, and trotting horses, would then be worth using, and could be shown off to good advantage. Then, gentlemen and ladies could take a trot or gallop to Columbia — or Sonora, whatever the case — and enjoy it; our citizens, with their wives and children, could then have an afternoon’s ride in comfort, and loaded teams, stage coaches, and conestoga (sic) wagons, with their weight of tons, could pass and re-pass with ease and facility. In every point of view we find favor in the enterprise, and in no point objections to it. The fine stores and ample hotels of both places could render such a trip agreeable for trade, as well. We hope soon to announce that a company has been former, comprised of men who plan to stay here, and have means to invest with full capital in such an undertaking, so that by next spring we may enjoy a ride on the Sonora and Columbia Turnpike.