Learn about Roseville’s Hot Real Estate, History, Events and valuable city services.
Roseville is a progressive city with its eye on the future, but all the while retains and celebrates its rich historical railroad roots. Located in Placer County along the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, Roseville is a mere 16 miles from Sacramento, the state capital. Typical of other California cities, Roseville’s climate ranges from hot, dry summers to mild winters. What started as a town developed by disappointed miners from the famed Gold Rush has blossomed into a thoroughly developed, independent city boasting an estimated population of 128,382 residents (as of January 1, 2015). Roseville incorporated on April 10, 1909 and is a charter city operating under a City Manager-Council form of government.
The strength and balance of Roseville’s diverse economy allows the city to thrive. Business ventures in Roseville range from technology, healthcare, agriculture and financial services. Top business employers within the city include Hewlett-Packard, Telefunken Semiconductors USA, Kaiser Permanente and the Union Pacific Railroad. However, its economic gem of retail draws in the crowds, with the expansive Westfield Galleria leading the way.
A large variety of culture and entertainment venues within and around the city provide a way for residents and visitors alike to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. A stop at the Magic Circle Theater is a must for any live theater enthusiast, or live music can be heard at Roseville’s famous Music in the Park while families enjoy the outdoors with a picnic. During the summer, Downtown Tuesday Nights allow residents to mix and mingle with different vendors and live bands all along the historic Old Town Vernon Street. Other avenues of family fun include Golfland Sunsplash, spending a day at Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet (Roseville’s largest outdoor open market), or browsing through one of Roseville’s museums. Even outside of the city, you still have options for entertainment. So whether you prefer the fine wineries of Placer County or Napa, the outdoor activities of Lake Tahoe and Folsom Lake or the city life of San Francisco, Roseville is within driving distance of the best that California has to offer.
Roseville’s parks and recreation programs and educational systems make Roseville an amazing place to raise a family. Abundant recreational programs, numerous neighborhood parks, wonderful golf courses, state-of-the-art fitness centers and thousands of acres of open space provide a great way for every one of all ages to soak in the warm California sun. Several schools have received “California Distinguished School Awards” from the California Department of Education and Roseville is within driving distance of Sierra Community College, California State University, Sacramento and University of California, Davis.
- First city in the nation to receive “Class 1” status in flood insurance rating from FEMA.
- 2006 Money Magazine ranked Roseville 1st in skinniest cities and 11th in job growth with a 28.6% increase from 2000 to 2005.
- Ranked 2nd by Sacramento Business Journal survey comparing 16 local cities and counties (2005).
- California Retail Survey, 2005 Edition, Eureka Group:
– received highest performance rank for sales growth
– ranked 9th in total sales (top 3%)
– ranked 16th in per capita sales (top 6%)
– ranked 17th in new outlets (top 6%)
– ranked 36th in total outlets (top 13%)
– ranked 13th in per outlet sales (top 5%)
- 2004 Sacramento Business Journal: Of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the Sacramento region, 14 are located in Roseville. Companies range from professional and financial services, automotive related and tech-based companies.
Arts, Attractions & Museums
There is a lot happening in Cultural Arts in Roseville, and there are many attractions to attend and museums to visit. Here's a list of the arts, attractions and museums in Roseville.
Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville:
The Placer County Fairgrounds is home to the Placer County Fair and the All American Speedway. The Placer County Fair, with an attendance of 35,000, is held the weekend following Fathers’ Day in June and is the oldest annual event in Placer County. The Fair is an event for all ages, with everything from arts and crafts to exhibits, grounds entertainment, live music, carnival, livestock shows, and pageants.
The All American Speedway is a 1/3 mile paved race track with stock car racing Saturday nights, April through September. The All American Speedway has Racing in the following divisions: Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bombers, and F4’s, as well as traveling series’ for the 2016 season with US Legends, NCMA Sprints and Pacific Challenge Late Models. The All American Speedway is also home to the popular Enduro Races.
The Placer County Fairgrounds is a venue for various community events including the Placer County Fair, Berry Fest, International Rail Fair, Crossroads Doll and Bear Show, Roseville Rock Rollers Gem & Mineral Show, July 4th Festival, Donner Trail AKC Dog Show, Classic Car Shows, MMA fights as well as private functions such as weddings, receptions, and birthday parties.
Community support and participation is essential to the success of the Placer County Fair. The Placer County Fair could not survive without cooperative relations with the City of Roseville and Placer County, and involvement of local service groups. Many service groups utilize the facilities to raise money for the support of numerous charitable causes by organizing crab feeds, small concerts, car and motorcycle shows, craft fairs, rummage sales and many other events.
Arts of Roseville:
Blue Line Arts
This not-for-profit membership organization has been a valuable community resource for more than 40 years. Its main gallery features group and individual exhibitions with local, regional and national representation. Its Children’s Gallery provides ongoing art opportunities for children. Blue Line Art’s tours transport residents to cultural events throughout the West Coast.
405 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
Cultural Art Adult Classes
Classes offered by the Roseville department of Parks and Recreation. View the latested Adult Recreation Guide for more information.
Cultural Art Youth Classes
Classes offered from the City of Roseville, Parks and Recreation. View the latest Recreation Guide for more information.
Placer Arts 360
PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County, a non-profit public benefit agency founded in 1983 and the designated state-local partner of the California Arts Council for the County of Placer. PlacerArts is supported in part by the County of Placer, the city of Auburn and the city of Roseville. PlacerArts is a catalyst for the arts and humanities in Placer County.
Roseville Theatre Arts Academy
Presenting a full schedule of musicals, mysteries, comedies, children’s theater, youth musical workshops and concerts in the historic Roseville Theater.
241 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
Stand Out Talent
Roseville’s Stand Out Talent is a non-profit that provides excellence in training and productions in the performing and media arts for Placer County and beyond. Incorporated in August of 2010, Stand Out Talent received its 501c3 non-profit status in November 2010 and moved into Roseville’s Historic Tower Theatre after a unanimous City Council vote on July 6, 2011. They bring a lifetime of training and experience from such entertainment hubs as New York, Los Angeles and Seattle; Stand Out Talent is Roseville’s newest all-ages training facility and production company for performing and media arts.
417 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 837-SHOW (7469)
Created by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce Revitalization Committee for visitors, new residents to our area, and long-time inhabitants seeking a reaquaintance with the past. Highly recommended: The walking tour of historic Roseville.
557 Lincoln St., Roseville, CA 95678
Maidu Museum and Historic Site
Graced by oak trees and bordered by the Linda Creek/Strap Ravine, this nature area offers a loop trail that takes you past ancient petroglyphs (rock art) and hundreds of bedrock mortars (acorn grinding holes), evidence of Nisenan (Southern Maidu) occupation of the site for thousands of years. Inside the museum you’ll find exhibits portraying the Maidu way of life.
1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, CA 95661
Roseville Telephone Museum
Come learn a little bit of history at one of the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memoriabilia in the nation. Admission is free!
Located in Historic Roseville
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Created out of the City’s belief that sustainability is a principle to live by, the Roseville Utility Exploration Center (RUEC) is a one-of-a-kind environmental learning center focused on bringing visitors information on protecting natural resources in a fun and engaging way. The RUEC is housed within the Martha Riley Library building, the City’s first LEED Gold Certified green building. Designed for active community use, the center provides a lively combination of hands-on exhibits with a Learning Lab for school tours, presentations and workshops.
1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Roseville, CA 95678
California Arts Council
Encourages artistic awareness, participation, and expression; to help independent local groups develop their own arts programs; to promote the employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in both the public and private sector; to provide for the exhibition of art works in public buildings throughout California.
Crocker Arts Museum
The leading arts institution in the Sacramento Valley, the Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art, with an emphasis on the original Crocker family donation of California art and European drawings, contemporary northern California art and, more recently, of East Asian painting and international ceramics.
216 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814
The mission of the One Root Festival is to create an environment for all people to share and experience cultural traditions by celebrating the oneness in the community through a diversity of food, arts, and music.
(916) 550- 6137
History of Roseville
Brief History of Roseville For over a thousand years, the South Placer grasslands were home to the Maidu Indians. Then, in 1849, the discovery of gold brought prospectors and forever changed the landscape. In 1864, a track-laying crew from the Central Pacific Railroad came eastward from Sacramento with the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. They crossed a small rail line that linked Lincoln and Folsom, and named this crossing Junction. Junction eventually evolved into Roseville, a small trading center for nearby farmers. The area was overshadowed by Rocklin until 1906, when the Southern Pacific Railroad roundhouse facilities moved to Roseville. The city incorporated in 1909, built sewer lines, and organized a fire department. Between 1911 and 1914 more than 100 structures were constructed in the town. In 1913, the world’s largest ice manufacturing plant was constructed in Roseville to chill produce being shipped throughout the country. By 1929, the Roseville railroad yard employed over 1,200 people in order to assemble trains, repair engines, and handle freight. Although the Great Depression would hit Placer County hard, more than 2,000 of Roseville’s unemployed found jobs building public infrastructure as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration. Many Roseville sidewalks still have W.P.A. embossed in the concrete. With the onset of World War II, the Roseville rail yards became busier than ever. A post-war building boom brought upgrades to the city electric system and the construction of a new hospital. In 1950, the construction of the Washington Underpass was completed. As the fifties progressed, the railroad faced competition from the airlines and interstate truckers. Interstate 80 then came through Roseville, effectively linking South Placer County with the rest of Northern California. Folsom Dam, completed in 1955, provided the city with a dependable domestic water supply. By 1964, the 100 year old city embodied the ideal of a small American town. In fact, Look Magazine named Roseville an “All America City.” More recently, Roseville has grown into a progressive, vibrant city of over 100,000 people. Beginning in the 1970s, corporations began to relocate here. Development surged and Roseville emerged as a regional retail center. While Roseville is no longer dependent on the railroad, its roots as a “junction” are as evident today as they were in the 1860s.
HISTORIC OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR:
- Carnegie Museum – 557 Lincoln Street Constructed in 1912 as Roseville’s first library. Built with Lincoln brick and terra cotta, Rocklin granite, and Roseville labor on land donated by A.B. McRae. Financially assisted by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. Served as the library until 1979. It now houses the Roseville Historical Society’s Carnegie Museum.
- Sierra Vista Bridge – Lincoln Street and Sierra Boulevard Officially named the Sierra Vista Bridge, some refer to it as the “Crooked Bridge.” Built to connect Historic Old Town to the original Sierra Vista subdivision, the cement bridge was constructed in 1929 to replace the wooden bridge built in 1907.
- McRae Building – 108 Main Street Completed in October of 1908, the McRae Building was the cultural center of the community. The upper level housed the McRae Opera Hall, the site of plays, dances, boxing matches, and more. From 1919- 1924, it was home to Rosville’s post office.
- Firehouse No. 1 – Intersection of Lincoln and Main Streets This was Roseville’s first fire station. It was constructed in 1927 to replace a hose cart house.
- Tower Theater – 421 Vernon Street The Art Deco building was completed in November 1940. Roseville’s entertainment center was refurbished in 1955, after a fire, to accommodate Cinemascope and stereophonic sound. Operated as a movie theater until the 1970s.
- Andrews Market Block – 101 Main Street This building replaced Ed Hammill’s 1880 blacksmith shop. It was built by A.B. McRae and John Hill in two stages between 1916 and 1924. From 1926-1978 Fred Miller operated the popular Andrews Market on the ground floor, with Dr. Louis Jones upstairs.
- Transcontinental Railroad Landmark – 133 Church Street State Landmark No. 780, which was dedicated in May of 1969, recognizes Junction’s (Roseville’s) role in the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. The landmark commemorates the 100th anniversary of the completion of that line on May 10, 1869.
- First Funeral Parlor – 117 Church Street This building, constructed in 1915 for Roseville’s first funeral parlor, is one of the best remaining examples of early 20th century architecture in Roseville. The location housed the Roseville Tribune and Register from 1924-47 and the Roseville Printing Company from 1947-98.
- Owl Club – 109 Church Street The Owl Club, at this location since 1934, displays a renovated 1940s façade and an interesting neon sign. The building was constructed in 1920 for a grocery store operated by Louis Manfredi. From 1925 to 1978, the New China Café occupied the upper level.
- Roseville Banking and Trust Company – 341 Lincoln Street The Italian Renaissance style Bank of Italy Building was constructed in 1927 on the site of Roseville’s first ‘real bank’- the Roseville Banking and Trust Company (circa 1907). The building housed the Bank of America through the 1970’s. Note the sculpted cornice, the ornate brass entry doors, and lanterns.
- Barker Hotel – 302 Lincoln Street The hotel was built by C. Henry Barker in 1911 on the site of three earlier hotels – the Western, the Ross Home, and the original Roseville Hotel (1869).
- 1st City Hall – 301 Lincoln Street In 1909, the newly incorporated City of Roseville selected the Munson/ Johnson Building as the first permanent city hall. The city rented the upstairs for $12/month, including janitorial service. A new brick building was constructed after the original burned in 1916.
- IOOF Building – 110 Pacific Street The Roseville Odd Fellows #203, Independent Order of Odd Fellows instituted in 1872, met upstairs in the J.D. Pratt Store and the Munson/ Johnson Building. In 1878, Mr. Pratt built a one story brick building on Pacific Street. When completed, he sold the air space above this building to the Odd Fellows, who constructed their building above his. It is the oldest commercial building in Roseville.
- Railroad Station – 201 Pacific Street Roseville’s station is a replica of the “turn of the century” Southern Pacific stations. This site originally housed the old Southern Pacific Clubhouse, which provided trainmen with sleeping quarters, meals, a barbershop, and “wholesome recreation.”
- First Methodist Church – 109 Washington Boulevard Roseville’s first permanent church was built in 1882. The church sits on land donated by Anna Judah, widow of Roseville pioneer Theodore
SECTION 2: VERNON ST. CORRIDOR WALKING TOUR
- Vernon Street School – 725 Vernon Street The “Rock of Roseville” Church is an accurate re-creation of its predecessor; the Vernon Street School. The Italian-styled school served as the principal elementary school for the area’s neighborhoods from 1925 to 1974.
- Chamber of Commerce Building – 700 Vernon Street This building was built in 1915 for the Placer County Chamber of Commerce. Originally located near Roseville’s train depot, the structure provided a colorful exhibit of Placer County’s agriculture.
- Haman House – 424 Oak Street Built in 1909 by William Haman, a member of the city council, county board of supervisors, and manager of the Placer County Winery. A private zoo was once a part of the garden.
- Veterans Memorial Hall/Ice House Bridge – 110 Park Drive Situated side by side at the northern end of Royer Park are the Veterans Memorial Hall and the Ice House Bridge. The hall was completed in 1930 to honor Roseville’s war veterans. The Ice House Bridge, built in 1925, was originally located on lower Vernon Street where it allowed employees of the Pacific Fruit Express Ice Plant to cross over the tracks on their way to work. It was relocated in 1986.
- Royer Park – 100 Park Drive Created in 1917, Royer Park is Roseville’s first major park. It was named after the pioneer Royer family, who sold the land to the city. The park has always hosted festivals, families, and special events.
- Civic Center – 311 Vernon Street Renovated in 2002, Roseville’s City Hall has been situated on the site since 1987 in what was once a Bank of America building. Prior uses of this location included the home of Tom Royer, the Tanner rooming house, and Lambert’s funeral home.
- Post Office – 330 Vernon Street Roseville’s main post office was constructed in 1935 as part of the inaugural national W.P.A. program. Remodeled in the 1970s. A large wooden carving depicting postal services is prominently displayed inside the post office.
- City Hall Annex – 316 Vernon Street This was the site of Roseville’s original Presbyterian Church – the foundation of which was laid in December 1882. The city acquired the Mission style building in 1911. It functioned as the City Hall until 1987, when most operations were moved across Vernon Street to the new Civic Center.
- West House – 345 Atlantic Street The West House was built in 1909 as a restaurant and rooming house.
- Masonic Temple/Roseville Theater – 241 Vernon Street Constructed in 1926 with a Spanish tile cornice and Moorish relief, the building houses the Masonic Lodge on the second floor, while the lower level has been used as a movie house and a live theater.
- Forlow and Gordon Blocks – 201 to 227 Vernon Street Constructed in 1922, these buildings, each with retail along the streets, helped identify the 200 block as Roseville’s commercial center from the 1920’s – 1950’s. The second floor of the Forlow Building contained offices and an apartment, while the Gordon Block provided rooms for railroad employees at the Vernon Hotel.
- WWII Monument – 106 Vernon Street During WWII, Roseville sent 1,250 men and women to war. At almost 20% of the local population, this was one of the highest percentages in the nation. The memorial was created to honor those WWII veterans. It lists 1238 names and depicts the Iwo Jima Flag Raising.
- Roseville Telephone Museum – 106 Vernon Street The Roseville Telephone Company created this museum, which displays original telephones designed by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, early switchboards, and novelty phones.
- Locomotive 2252 – Atlantic and Vernon Streets Donated to the city in 1956, the locomotive is one of the oldest SP 4-6-0 locomotives in existence. Built in 1897, it pulled passenger trains and provided fire protection for Donner Pass snow sheds.
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