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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Placerville

Originally Known as “Hangtown”

 

—Incorporated May 13, 1854 —

 
Placerville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
1. Placerville Marker
Inscription. Established on banks of “Hangtown” Creek as rich mining camp in spring of 1848. Millions in gold were taken from its ravines and hills. Supply center for surrounding mining camps and transportation terminus for famous Comstock Lode. John M. Studebaker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Phillip Armour, and Edwin Markham were among well-known men who contributed to Placerville’s early history. Also, “Snowshoe” John A. Thompson who carried from 60 to 80 pounds of mail on skies from Placerville over the Sierra to Carson Valley during winter months.
 
Erected by The California Centennials Commission and the James W. Marshall Chapter No.49, E. Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 475.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.783′ N, 120° 47.945′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Bradford Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is across Bradford from the Court House. Marker is in this post office area: Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Placerville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
2. Placerville Marker
. Thomas Maul (here, next to this marker); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain and Tallman Soda Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Emigrant Jane (within shouting distance of this marker); Confidence Engine Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Confidence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglass – Hines Building Bricks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Vet’s Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Regarding Placerville. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.475..

Also see: Snowshoe Thompson and Placerville Pony Express markers for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gold Rush Chronicles: Old Hangtown. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Ghost Towns: Placerville. (Submitted on October 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLandmarksNatural ResourcesNotable EventsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Placerville Soda Works image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
3. Placerville Soda Works
For a Short History of the Soda Works:
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El Dorado County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
4. El Dorado County Court House
Placerville Bell Tower - Masonic Hall in Background image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2008
5. Placerville Bell Tower - Masonic Hall in Background
Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862 image. Click for full size.
By Stephanie Carlson, June 26, 2009
6. Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862
The Zeisz Brewery Ruins are all that remain of a once extensive brewery establishment run by Bavarian brewer Jacob Zeisz. The building was built in 1862, and from within its stone walls came a fine brew made from pure Sierra water. It was torn down in 1966, and today only portions of the wine vault and upper walls remain, crumbling away in a parking lot located at 658 Main Street.
Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862 image. Click for full size.
By Stephanie Carlson, June 26, 2009
7. Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862
Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
8. Zeisz Brewery Ruins 1862
Main Street and the Fire Bell Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 18, 2008
9. Main Street and the Fire Bell Monument
The first Bell Tower was placed there in 1865 for a fire alarm. It was briefly moved, but returned to this spot after the fire that consumed the Court House in 1910. Over the years it has been rebuilt to its present appearance. It has lost its original purpose, but remains a reminder of past days. Source: Placerville Walking Tour Brochure
Hangtown - 1850 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
10. Hangtown - 1850
Vintage Postcard
Placerville Marker image. Click for more information.
Wells Fargo Bank Historical Museum (Artist Unknown), circa 1860's
11. Placerville Marker
Main Street (Commercial Buildings), Placerville
HABS CAL,9-PLACVI,15-
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,241 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7. submitted on , by Stephanie Carlson of Placerville, United States.   8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   11. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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