The City of Roseville California


While Roseville, California may have started out as an untitled intersection, it is now the largest city in Placer County. Making a name for itself throughout the years in the railroad industry and the electronics industry, Roseville has expanded into a bustling city full of history and culture.


In the 1860s, Roseville was merely a spot on the map where Central Pacific railroad lines crossed with the California Central railroad lines. For this reason, it was known only as “Junction” for decades. However, in 1906, the Southern Pacific Railroad relocated its facilities to this area from Rocklin, California. Three years later, the city was incorporated as Roseville. Once a small town of about 250 farmers and ranchers, the area became a major center for railroad service growing the population to close to 3,000 inhabitants. The city, along with the industry, continued to expand until the 1950s when air travel and the trucking industry became more popular. Despite the decline of the railroads, Roseville continued to grow and change as electronics industry giants, Hewlett-Packard and NEC made the city their home, employing thousands.

Typical Weather

The climate of Roseville can be characterized as Mediterranean. The winter months are cold and wet with lows in 30s and 40s. Roseville generally does not experience snow aside from the rare occasion. In March of 2014, a tornado occurred in one of the city’s neighborhoods causing damage to a dozen homes. Summers are not as exciting; they are generally hot and dry with highs in the 90s.

Culture and Entertainment

Roseville has a thriving entertainment and cultural scene. Many places aim to keep the city’s history alive, such as the Carnegie Museum and Carnegie Library. Partly funded by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library is Roseville’s first library. The Maidu Interpretive Center and Historic Site is dedicated to the history of the Nisenan Indian culture. The city also offers an impressive collection of antique telephones and telephone memorabilia at the Roseville Telephone Museum. For those interested in art, Roseville art galleries provide an event every 3rd Saturday of the month where the public gains access to local artists, music, and food. The Magic Circle Theater, also known as the historic Roseville Theater, hosts a number of excited events including musicals, comedy shows, and concerts.