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History

Gold! The cry went up from Sutter’s Mill and brought tens of thousands stampeding into California from the four corners of the world. These ’49ers established hundreds of instant mining towns along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Many of these historic and picturesque towns still exist, linked by California Highway 49, The Gold Rush Trail. Many retain their early architecture and charm, living reminders of the rich history of the Mother Lode. You can still discover historic hotels and 19th century saloons, stagecoach rides and places to pan for gold and keep the nuggets.

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All History in Placerville

  • Placerville News Stand

    As the fifth oldest business in California, we have had the opportunity to watch our community grow and in turn, it has given us the opportunity to serve multiple generations of customers which we view as an extension of our family. Over time we have sold a variety of items Read more [...]

  • El Dorado County Museum

    The El Dorado County Museum has artifacts and displays about the history of El Dorado County; it includes an authentic Studebaker wheelbarrow, a Shay Locomotive undergoing restoration, and much more.  Changing exhibits and guided tours are available.  The Research Room is open to the public with historic photographs, maps, documents, Read more [...]

  • Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Farm

    This historic colony site was first settled by Japanese colonists from Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima Prefecture) in July 1869. The Wakamatsu Colony site is the first Japanese colony in North America; contains the gravesite of Okei Ito, the first Japanese woman buried on American soil; is the birthplace of the first Read more [...]

  • Placerville Hardware

    We are the oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi and 2nd oldest business in California. While we are a hardware store that doesn’t even begin to describe what we have to offer.  If you’re looking for that hard-to-find kitchen gadget, perfect gift, and/or gold mining supplies we Read more [...]

  • Fountain & Tallman Museum

    Located in the original soda works building dating to 1852, today it holds artifacts and exhibits about Placerville’s history, and displays furnishings from a prominent resident.