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History

Welcome to historical El Dorado County! This is gold country — where the Gold Rush was born! Whether planning a vacation or just a day trip, El Dorado County welcomes you to enjoy the very best of California's gold country. Visit the many historic mining towns, pioneer cemeteries, historic country inns, and museums.

Sutter's Mill in Coloma

Want to know more about our old gold mines? The El Dorado County Library has collected historical info on them thanks to Doug Noble. He's also compiled information about historical post offices. Click any of the links in the list below for more information on that topic. In the Historical Sites table further down this page, we have listed the contact information for many great historical sites in El Dorado County. (Please note -- "CM" indicates membership in the City Council.)

 

California 1850

California 1850
A Snapshot in Time
by Janice Marschner

This book focuses on California life and culture in the year of statehood. Great historical reading!

Historic Highway 49

 

Also visit the Historic Highway 49.

Historical Site Address City Phone
Bed & Breakfast Inns of El Dorado County P.O. Box 106 Placerville, CA 95667 (887) 262-4667
California 1849
California Historical Society 678 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94105 (415) 357-1848
Coloma On Line! P.O. Box 582 Coloma, CA 95613 (530) 621-9981
El Dorado County Historical Museum 104 Placerville Drive Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 621-5865
El Dorado National Forest Information Center 3070 Camino Heights Drive Camino, CA 95709 (530) 644-6048 Reservations: 800-280-2267
Fountain-Tallman Museum
524 Main Street Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 626-0773
Gold Bug Park CM 2635 Gold Bug Lane Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 642-5207
Gold Visitors Association P.O. Box 637 Angels Camp, CA 95642
Highway 50 Association CM P.O. Box 454 Placerville, CA 95667
Historic Camp Richardson Resort CM 1900 Jameson Beach Rd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 (530) 541-1801 or 800-544-1801
Historic Cary House Hotel CM 300 Main Street Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-4271
Historical Highway 49 P. O. Box 1194 Placerville, CA 95667
Lake Tahoe Museum 3058 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 541-5458
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park 310 Back Street Coloma, CA 95613 (530) 622-3470
Mountain Democrat CM 1360 Broadway, P.O. Box 1088 Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-1255
Penobscot Ranch CM 3060 Penobscot Road Cool, CA 95614 (650) 346-6363
Rescue Historical Society PO Box 13 Rescue, CA 95672 (530) 677-2524
Sierra Foothill Magazine P. O. Box 797 Lotus, CA 95651 (530) 626-0985
Strawberry Lodge Highway 50 Kyburz, CA 95720 (530) 659-7200 or (530) 583-5614
Strike It Rich Adventures CM (530) 333-2558