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Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

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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



Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

Main Street Placerville from the Cary House

Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

Main St., Placerville, Calif., Showing Methodist Church

Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

Coloma Street Showing Episopal Church, Placerville, Calif.

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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...Read MORE...

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

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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...Read MORE...

1906
Placerville, a banking city, capital of Eldorado co., Cal., is situated in a hilly country, about...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,...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....Read MORE...


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