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

Georgetown

 
 
Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 28, 2005
1. Georgetown Marker
Inscription. Founded August 7, 1849 by George Phipps and party. Nicknamed Growlersburg from the heavy nuggets that “growled” in the miners’ pans. Georgetown was the hub of an immensely rich gold area. After the disastrous fire of 1852 the old town was moved from the canyon in lower Main Street to its present site. Unique in early day planning, Main Street was laid out 100 feet wide and side streets 60 feet. Population was 3,000 in 1854 – 56.
 
Erected 1951 by California Centennials Commission, Base by Georgetown Divide Rotary Club. Dedicated October 20, 1951 by Georgetown Divide Rotary Club and James W. Marshall Chapter, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 484.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.397′ N, 120° 50.336′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Lower Main Street (aka Wentworth Springs Road), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the Georgetown Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6281 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown CA 95634, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgetown Volunteer Firemen (here, next to
Georgetown Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 28, 2005
2. Georgetown Markers
this marker); Chief Jack Anderson (here, next to this marker); Georgetown Firehouse (here, next to this marker); Miners Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown - Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); Wells Fargo Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Regarding Georgetown. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 484).
 
Also see . . .
1. Stories in El Dorado County History Georgetown-Pride of the Mountains. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Ghost Towns - Georgetown. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Dedication to Georgetown Volunteer Firefighters image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 28, 2005
3. Dedication to Georgetown Volunteer Firefighters
See Georgetown Volunteer Firemen marker
Chief Jack Anderson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 28, 2005
4. Chief Jack Anderson Marker
See Chief Jack Anderson marker
Georgetown Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 28, 2005
5. Georgetown Hotel
Vintage Postcard - Main Street, Georgetown image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca
6. Vintage Postcard - Main Street, Georgetown
Postcard description: Originally known as Growlersburg, because of the large nuggets which growled in the miners pans, this quaint town retains much of the old charm. Many of its buildings retain the iron doors and other features of Gold Rush architecture.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,895 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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