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Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

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Where is 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, California, USA (Hangtown) - Main Street Placerville from the Cary House
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)

Main St., Placerville, Calif., Showing Methodist Church
Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown) - Coloma Street Showing Episopal Church, Placerville, Calif.
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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Bender
flag  Lyman A BENDER (3 August 1864, Woodland, Iriquois, Illinois, USA - 9 November 1951, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Crouss
flag  Robert Willard CROUSS (31 May 1924, Agawam, Massachusetts, USA - 11 September 1984, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown))

James
 flag  Robert Sallee JAMES (17 July 1818, , Kentucky, USA - 18 August 1850, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Klare
flag  George Herman KLARE (17 September 1898, Sacramento, California, USA - 28 November 1968, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone
flag  William Frederick KLARE (15 July 1859, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, USA - 9 March 1939, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Knouse
flag  Barbara Sue KNOUSE (15 September 1943, Diamond Springs, California, USA - 27 June 1974, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Meeker
flag  Marian Clara MEEKER (18 October 1861, Greenville, Ohio, USA - 17 March 1935, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Powers
flag  Foster H POWERS (July 1835, , New Hampshire, USA - 1919, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown))

RANNEY
  Charles B. RANNEY (10 December 1818, - 7 August 1857, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Whitney
flag  Riley WHITNEY (October 1855, , Ohio, USA - 25 September 1925, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)) gravestone

Ziegler
flag  Barbara ZIEGLER (10 July 1878, Chicago, Illinois, USA - 8 June 1943, Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown))
 

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