Was gold first discovered in Placerville?
It was in 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.
How did Placerville get its name?
The original name, Old Dry Diggings (1848), was because the miners had to take their cart/bucket of dirt down to the river to "pan" for the gold.
In 1849, three men were accused of cattle rusting and murder by an impromptu "jury". Because there were no police at that time, someone from the crowd yelled, "Hang them". So, they did. That was the first known hanging. Rumored that there were several more hangings. Giving way for the town to be known as Hangtown.
Hangtown became the 3rd largest town in California by 1854. Churches and the Temperance League campaigned for a better, less morbid name. The name was changed 1854, when city was incorporated. "They named it Placer[ville] because of the placer gold," said Marilyn Ferguson, of the Fountain Tallman Museum in Placerville. It was the placer gold mining and the Gold Rush that lured people to the city.
Placerville is registered as California Historical Landmark #701.
Where is Placerville, CA?
Placerville is located off of Hwy 50, (44 miles east of Sacramento, 60 miles west of South Lake Tahoe). It is in El Dorado County. The zip code is 95667.
Is there an airport in Placerville, CA?
Yes, it is a small reginal airport.
Does it snow in Placerville, CA?
Placerville town center elevation is at 1,867'. When the snow level is at 2,000', Placerville town center will get a light dusting of snow. Parts of rural Placerville are above 2,000'and will get 5-9" of snow.
What cities are near Placerville, CA?
Camino, Pollock Pines, Diamond Springs
What is there to do in Placerville, CA?
So many wonderful areas to explore.
Lots of hiking trails in the El Dorado National Forest (most are dog friendly)
White Water Rafting on the American River
Fishing (Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake)
Shopping in the Historic Downtown Placerville
Wine Tasting / Craft Beer Tasting / Hard Cider Tasting
Apple Hill Ranches
What is the average weather in Placerville, CA?
Winter (Dec – Feb) 32 - 57 degrees
Spring (Mar – May) 38 - 75 degrees
Summer (Jun – Aug) 57 - 100 degrees
Fall (Sept – Nov) 53 - 65 degrees