Status: Active Town
Date Settled: 1848
Current Population: 10,184
Peak Population: na
Elevation: 1,866 Feet ( 569 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
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.