yellow pages news jobs events calendar movie times RSS News Feeds
Rocklin and Roseville Today Local Events
   |   Current Temp: 69.0 F (20.6 C)
 

Rocklin History Tour - Joel Parker Whitney's Oaks Mansion


SHARE with Friend




rhs-17.jpg

Rocklin History Tour - Stop 17. Follow the entire Series Click Here

Joel Parker Whitney's Oaks Mansion

This plaque marks the location of Joel Parker Whitney's, now demolished, three story, 20 room Oaks mansion. The plaque is in front of a private residence at the end of Knoll Court in the Mansion Oaks neighborhood of Rocklin.

Western Rocklin is astride the southern 12,000 acres of Whitney's Spring Valley Ranch of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The mansion was the centerpiece of a 40 acre plot in the middle of the ranch that Whitney set aside as a baronial estate for his wife and their 3 small children in the mid 1880s. He started work on the mansion in 1884 at approximately the same time as he started his twelve granite bridges on the road that wound through the ranch from downtown Rocklin.

The mansion was constructed entirely of redwood except for the floors. There was a fireplace faced with expensive tile in every bedroom, and every room on the first floor except the kitchen and pantries.  

The mansion looked southeast with a view of the far off State Capitol and the ranch's headquarters near today's Granite Oaks Middle School. The four acre grounds included stables, a carriage house, servants' quarters, tennis courts, and dog runs for Whitney's greyhounds.  Later Whitney's son Vincent built a golf course on the plain and slopes below.   

The mansion fell into disuse after the death of Whitney's youngest child, Helen Beryl Whitney Blaine in 1935, and the property reverted to animal pasture as Whitney's family gradually sold off the ranch in the 1940s.

The Horseshoe Cattle Company demolished the mansion in the early 1950s to save property taxes.  

To learn more about the History of Rocklin, visit www.rocklinhistory.org.






more news Print This Article


Placer County News Headlines

Placer County Republican Party To Hold 2014 ConventionLOOMIS - The Placer County Republican Party will hold its endorsement convention on Aug. 23 to select which candidates to support for local offices in Placer County.

Job Fair in Roseville August 22ndRoseville, CA -- Multiple community agencies including Brandman University, The City of Roseville Libraries, Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado Counties, Golden Sierra Job Training, and Sacramento Works

Roseville Crime Report Digest Update (7.23.14)The Roseville Police Department weekly crime report digest update for July 23, 2014.

California Limits Full Contact Football for StudentsGovernor Jerry Brown signed into law AB2127 which limits, but does not eliminate full contact football practices for middle and high school students.

Beware of Deceptive Home Improvement OffersThe California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is urging consumers to be aware of home improvement offers by individuals who use unethical business practices to gain entry into their homes

Continuous Improvement Network: August 6th & 20thSierra College CACT provides Value Stream Mapping Training in Sacramento on August 6 & 20 for the Continuous Improvement Network

Alternative Transportation Programs in Placer CountyPlacer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is your resource for information about alternative transportation services in Placer County.

Auburn Woman Attacked Inside HomePlacer County sheriff's detectives are looking for a man who attacked a woman at her north Auburn home early this morning.

Western Nationals Softball Tournament in Roseville and LincolnASA Softball is bringing the Western Nationals for the Girls B 10U & 12U divisions to the Placer Valley Area. The event is six days long, taking place from July 28-August 3.

Tahoe Public Projects Garner AttentionTahoe Transportation District has been recognized nationally and by the state of Nevada for its positive impacts, collaborative initiatives, environmental enhancement, and service to the community's

Rocklin National Night Out Events August 5thEach community member is invited to join their neighborhood watch group and the Rocklin Police Department for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Recovery Plan for California Salmon and SteelheadNOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California's Central Valley




more news