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History of Placerville, California, USA

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Placerville, California, USA

Placerville, El Dorado, California, USA
The story of old Hangtown really begins at Coloma, where James Marshall built a sawmill on the South Fork of the American River for his employer John Sutter. On January 24, 1848, Marshall discovered flecks of gold in the tail race of the mill, and when the news spread, the great Gold Rush began...

By 1854, Hangtown had become the third largest town in California, surpassed only by San Francisco and Sacramento. Los Angeles was in 15th place with a mere 541 voters. With the increasing population came a temperance league, a Methodist Episcopal church and agitation for a less morbid name. Placerville had been suggested as early as 1850. It became official when the city was incorporated in 1854...

www.cityofplacerville.org/ our_city/ about/ history.asp




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  • (Placerville) On January 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered flecks of gold in the tail race of John Sutter's mill, and when the news spread, the great Gold Rush began...
    Shortly after James Marshall discovered Gold, the small town of "Old Dry Diggings" sprang up. Like so many other towns close to the original...Read MORE...


  • 1850 (Placerville) - The town's first post office opened in 1850

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1854 - Placerville
    Placbrville, a post-village of Eldorado co., California, about 90 miles E. N. E. from Vallejo. It is chiefly a mining settlement. Population of the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 (Placerville) - By 1854, Hangtown had become the third largest town in California, surpassed only by San Francisco and Sacramento.
    Hangtown is incorporated as Placerville.
    www.cityofplacerville.org/ our_city/ about/ history.asp

  • 1865 - Bell Tower built on Main Street in Placerville
    The Bell, placed in the tower in the plaza in 1865, was used as an alarm system to call out the firefighters.
    www.placerville-downtown.org/ history.html

  • Placerville, California, USA
    Main Street Placerville from the Cary House
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  • 1895 - Placerville
    Pla'cerville, a post-town, capital of El Dorado co., Cal., is situated in a hilly country, about 50 miles E.N.E. of Sacramento, and 1 mile S. of the...Read MORE...


  • Placerville, California, USA
    Main St., Placerville, Calif., Showing Methodist Church
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  • 1906
    Placerville, a banking city, capital of Eldorado co., Cal., is situated in a hilly country, about 50 miles ENE. of Sacramento, on the Southern...Read MORE...


  • Placerville, California, USA
    Methodist Church, 1907
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  • News 1910 - PLACERVILLE, CAL., FIRE.
    Placerville, Cal., May 16. - Fire which broke out in a barn in the center of town last night, destroyed the courthouse, and several business houses,...Read MORE...


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    A View of Placerville, California
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  • Placerville, California, USA
    Coloma Street Showing Episopal Church, Placerville, Calif.
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  • Placerville, California, USA
    Presbyterian Church at Placerville, El Dorado Co., Cal.
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  • Placerville, California, USA
    El Dorado County High School
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  • News 1922 - WOMAN FATALLY HURT IN WRECK
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 15. - Miss Edna Bullard, thirty-eight years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ila L. Bullard, of Oroville, was fatally injured and Adjt. ...Read MORE...


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    Bird's Eye View
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Main Street Placerville from the Cary House
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Main St., Placerville, Calif., Showing Methodist Church
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Methodist Church, 1907
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Coloma Street Showing Episopal Church, Placerville, Calif.
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A View of Placerville, California
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Presbyterian Church at Placerville, El Dorado Co., Cal.
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El Dorado County High School
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  • (Placerville) On January 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered flecks of gold in the tail race of John Sutter's mill, and when the news spread, the great Gold Rush began...
    Shortly after James Marshall discovered Gold, the small town of "Old Dry Diggings" sprang up. Like so many other towns close to the original... Read MORE...

  • 1850 (Placerville) - The town's first post office opened in 1850

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 (Placerville) - By 1854, Hangtown had become the third largest town in California, surpassed only by San Francisco and Sacramento.
    Hangtown is incorporated as Placerville.
    www.cityofplacerville.org/ our_city/ about/ history.asp
  • 1854 - Placerville
    Placbrville, a post-village of Eldorado co., California, about 90 miles E. N. E. from Vallejo. It is chiefly a mining settlement. Population of the... Read MORE...

  • 1865 - Bell Tower built on Main Street in Placerville
    The Bell, placed in the tower in the plaza in 1865, was used as an alarm system to call out the firefighters.
    www.placerville-downtown.org/ history.html
  • 1895 - Placerville
    Pla'cerville, a post-town, capital of El Dorado co., Cal., is situated in a hilly country, about 50 miles E.N.E. of Sacramento, and 1 mile S. of the... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Placerville, a banking city, capital of Eldorado co., Cal., is situated in a hilly country, about 50 miles ENE. of Sacramento, on the Southern... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - PLACERVILLE, CAL., FIRE.
    Placerville, Cal., May 16. - Fire which broke out in a barn in the center of town last night, destroyed the courthouse, and several business houses,... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - WOMAN FATALLY HURT IN WRECK
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 15. - Miss Edna Bullard, thirty-eight years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ila L. Bullard, of Oroville, was fatally injured and Adjt. ... Read MORE...

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