1960 Olympic Sign at Palisades Tahoe

Once upon a time in a far away land…

Olympic Valley, Calif. – In 1960, the entire population of Placer County stood at a mere 57,000. Roseville’s population teetered around 13,000, Lincoln’s hovered over 3,000, while neighboring Rocklin was home to just about 1,500 residents.

Just imagine the thrill of local residents in these small communities at the time they learned that the 1960 Olympic Games would be coming to Placer County at Squaw Valley. (Squaw Valley renamed to Palisades Tahoe)

Check out a few fun facts below along with YouTube videos users have shared that capture some of the spirit from this bygone era as we flashback to 1960 in Placer County.

History Channel


This color film is about the facilities being built to host the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. Copyright 1960 by Harrah’s Club, a casino hotel located in downtown Reno, Nevada.

Opening of the 1960 Games

Skiing in Action

USA vs USSR in Hockey

Winter Olympics Now and Then

1960 Winter OlympicsToday
# of athletes6652,834
# of events27109
# of teams3091
Calif min wage $1$16
Gas prices~.31 cents~$4.00
Popular MusicThe Sound of MusicTaylor Swift
Price of a stamp.04 cents.68 cents
MovieBen-Hur (religious)Barbie (comedy)
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