Introduction to Placerville, California
Placerville was originally known as Old Dry Diggings. In 1849, shortly after gold was discovered in nearby Coloma, the city was renamed Hangtown. The first post office of the city was established in 1850. It was officially incorporated as the City of Placerville in 1854. The name of the city refers to the deposits that contain gold particles. In fact, the mining technique that was used to wash out gold was known as "placer mining." It became the county seat of El Dorado County in 1857.
Placerville and nearby Attractions
- County Fair Shopping Center
- El Dorado Historical Museum
- Fountain and Tallman Soda Factory Museum
- Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
- Gold Country Museum
- Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Things To Do In Placerville
The El Dorado Historical Museum and the Fountain and Tallman Soda Factory Museum provide insights into the area's history. The Placerville City Park, the Hangtown Gold Bug Park, Rotary Park, Lumsden Park and Lions Park are some of the local parks. The Discovery Plaza Shopping Center, the Carriage Trade Shopping Center and the County Fair Shopping Center are the local shopping destination. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Sierra Golf and Country Club. The city also hosts the El Dorado County Fair every June.
Sacramento International is the nearest major airport.
Placerville Higher Education
Higher education is available from Sierra College, California State University-Sacramento and American River College.