Placerville, California


Placerville Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1848

Current Population: 10,184

Peak Population: na

Elevation: 1,866 Feet (569 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: California

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Placerville Description

Sign in town reads:

Originally known as "Hangtown". Incorporated May 13, 1854.

Establsihed on the banks of "Hangtown" Creek as rich mining camp in Spring of 1848. Millions in gold were taken from its ravines and hills. Supply center for surrounding mining camps and transportaion terminus for the famous Comstock Lode. John M Studebaker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Philip Armour and Edwin Markham were among well known men who contributed to Placerville's early history. Also, "Snowshoe" John A. Thompson who carried from 60 to 80 pounds of mail on skis from Placerville over the Sierra to Carson Valley during Winter months.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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