June 3, 2021

Local Appreciation Series: Getting to Know Roseville

Like Marysville, California, there are a variety of small Northern California cities just waiting to be explored. Cities full of rich history, tourist attractions, local fun, and much more. This state, and the Sacramento area specifically, includes miles of land for all to enjoy. To help you expand your knowledge on these Northern California cities, Hard Rock Sacramento is taking you on a journey through Roseville.

The Birth of Roseville


Before Europeans, minor prospectors, and settlers moved into the area, the land of Roseville was inhabited and cared for by the Maidu people as they embraced their territory from the Sacramento River to the edge of the Sierras. Not only did this tribe tend to the land, but they held the entire American, Bear, and Yuba rivers drainage systems. Today, the descendants of the Maidu Tribe can still be found living in Placer County as they continue to celebrate their heritage and traditions first envisioned on the land that is named Roseville.


After James Marshall pinpointed this area for mining opportunities, many flocked to this region in an effort to get rich during the gold rush. Disappointed gold seekers didn’t see many mining prospects on this land; however, they did see that it was rich in agricultural opportunities. The “first families” of Roseville, such as Martin A. Schelhous are known to this day as being some of the first descendants to embark on agricultural opportunities in the area. Before improved irrigation was put into place allowing orchards to thrive, grain and livestock proved to provide the best investment and return on your land.

In 1855, California’s first railroad, the Sacramento Valley Railroad, started to take shape, connecting Sacramento and Folsom while also paving the way for railroad growth. Just a few short years later the California Central Railroad Company was established in an effort to extend the line from Folsom to Marysville as a gateway to the Northern mines. It didn’t take long for the railroad to grow and connect a variety of locations throughout the area, and in 1862 a contract was passed to start work on a transcontinental railroad route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With new tracks down, the Central Pacific intersected with the California Central, forming what is known as “Junction” in an effort to link Lincoln and Folsom. Throughout the years, the railroad lines continued to change, and today only a few traces of the California Central remain.

With Junction evolving into Roseville, selling and trading for farmers allowed the area to not only grow, but to thrive. Throughout the years, farming, ranching, and community buildings continued to grow, making this land more attractive to investors, allowing a real town to begin.


At the start of the 1900s, the railroad continued to blossom and take shape when the Southern Pacific Railroad moved to Roseville. Following the expansion of the railroad line, more sewer lines and building construction began allowing this small farm town to grow to its true potential. With farming and transportation already established, the town simply needed a more efficient way to store and ship produce, and in 1913 this need was answered with the development of the world’s largest ice manufacturing plant.

During the Great Depression, Placer County, like many others, was hit hard. However, of the 2,000+ unemployed individuals in the area, many found work in the Roseville railroad yard and with the Federal Works Progress Administration constructing public infrastures.

Post World War II, the city went through a variety of upgrades such as a new electric system and the construction of essential buildings. In addition to this, in an effort to make transportation seamless, the Washington Underpass was constructed, air travel became more common, and Interstate 80 was formed to connect Roseville and Placer County to other Northern California cities. Another important project for the city that was completed in 1955 was the Folsom Dam, creating an ongoing water supply for farmers and residents alike.

Throughout the rest of the 1900s, Roseville continued to grow into a more progressive city as businesses and corporations began to put down roots here, retail continued to grow, and travel and trading was made easier by more efficient transportation options. Named as an “All American City”, Roseville roots hold many stories to be told about the growth of this city.

Present Day

In 2020, Roseville has recorded a population of 143,921 making it the 39th largest city in California. When looking at all of Placer County, Roseville is the largest city and is often referred to as a Sacramento metropolitan area city. As this farm town continues to grow, so does its popularity by ranking as one of the top cities to live in the U.S. And for good reason! There are an endless amount of activities, an abundance of history, and a variety of attractions that make Roseville stand out from the rest. Learn more about what makes this city unique outside of the interesting meaning behind its name.

Local Appreciation Series: Getting to Know Roseville

What Makes Roseville Unique

Known as the largest city in Placer County, California, Roseville offers many aspects that make it a truly unique location in Northern California to live and to visit. But what exactly is Roseville, CA known for? In addition to its history with the California railroad development and its rich agricultural land, Roseville today is known for its beauty and modern growth.

History Revitalization

Throughout the years, Roseville has embarked on a variety of projects to revitalize its historic areas including the Vernon Streetscape Project, the Atlantic Street Beautification, the Civic Center Renovation, the Historic Old Town Streetscape, and much more. Rather than relocating these historic aspects that make up the community, the people of Roseville have chosen to preserve and improve the history that makes Roseville unique.

Central Location

Roseville is conveniently located to give residents and visitors the opportunity to visit a variety of cities that make up the Northern part of the golden state. Visiting the Bay Area, the Sierra Nevadas, or even just Sacramento is as simple as a day trip to soak up all that this area has to offer. If you’re looking to visit the area, make sure you set aside some time to experience different locations that make up Northern California.

Outdoor Activities

No matter if you’re looking for parks, hikes, snow activities, or simply outdoor dining options, Roseville California has it all. Even though this city still gets cold during the winter, the climate is fairly warm throughout the year offering a variety of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Take a trip out to Lake Tahoe and experience the snow or grab a bite to eat in downtown Roseville as the community gets creative when it comes to providing outdoor seating. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to have a good time.

Things to see in Roseville

Now that you’re equipped with the history of this railroad town, and have a list of fun activities to enjoy, it’s time to visit the city of Roseville. Located just 30 miles from your room or suite at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento, this is a day trip that you won’t want to miss. With award-winning dining, casino entertainment, and music history available, your stay in this part of Northern California is sure to rock your world.