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

Placerville

 
 
Placerville to Sutters Fort-Sacramento image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 10, 2009
1. Placerville to Sutters Fort-Sacramento
Inscription.
[Marker facing Bee Street]
Placerville
Known as Hangtown
In the days of “49”
to
Sutter’s Fort
Sacramento
50 Miles

[Marker facing Coloma Street-State Hwy 49]
Placerville
------to------
Coloma 8mi.
Where gold was
first discovered by
James W. Marshall in 1848

 
Erected 1948.
 
Location. 38° 43.908′ N, 120° 48.398′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Coloma Street (State Hwy 49) and Bee Street, on the left when traveling north on Coloma Street (State Hwy 49). Click for map. 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. Joseph M. Staples (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bee-Bennett House (about 500 feet away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Original Raley’s Grocery Store
Placerville to Coloma image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 10, 2009
2. Placerville to Coloma
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Placerville Drive In Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Unfortunates Hanged (approx. 0.3 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Placerville Pony Express (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Additional comments.
1. An "El Camino Real Bell" in Placerville??
It’s curious that an “El Camino Real Bell” would be placed here, as this site is approximately 130 miles from the El Camino Real. From speaking with a representative of the El Dorado County History Museum in Placerville it was learned that the bell was placed here in 1948 to celebrate the Gold Discovery Centennial.

During the late 1940’s El Camino Real Bells were placed throughout the state to commemorate important California historical events.
    — Submitted February 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. California El Camino Real Bells
Placerville Marker image. Click for full size.
3.1917
3. Placerville Marker
I think your date of 1948 is incorrect, since this old photo is dated March 1917 and shows the bell.

 
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El Camino Real Bell - Placerville image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 10, 2009
4. El Camino Real Bell - Placerville
The El Camino Real Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 10, 2009
5. The El Camino Real Bell
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,268 times since then and 180 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on , by Bill Morgan of Clearlake, California.   4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Name of organization that placed this bell and marker. • Can you help?
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