Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park
The 61 acres of the park include six mining claims that were once a part of the Poverty Ridge Mining District. Some of the richest deposits of the Mother Lode were found in this area. During one week in the summer of 1848, three men extracted $17,000 in gold when it was valued at $16 - $19 an ounce! By 1852 however, all but the heartiest miners had disappeared along with the easiest pickings along the creek. Hardrock mining began in the hillsides in the late 1800’s, peaking during the Depression, but continuing until World War II.
In 1965, the City of Placerville acquired the property from the Bureau of Land Management and developed it into a park. Today, the Gold Bug Park Development Committee carries on the restoration effort, and the park has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gold Bug Park is significant because it is a perfect example of a typical neighborhood mining area. A small hardrock mine, a working ore stamp mill, hundreds of prospecting holes, and evidence of water supply ditches can all be found within the park boundaries.
Erected by Hangtown's Gold Bug Park - Town of Placerville.
Location. 38° 44.585′ Touch for map. The marker is placed between the parking area and the museum/gift shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stamp Mill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Placerville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bee-Bennett House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joseph M. Staples (approx. 0.9 miles away); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas Maul (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Placerville (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Gold Bug Mine. Gold Bug Park is now owned and operated by the City of Placerville. The City of Placerville is the only municipality in the state of California to own a gold mine. Today, you can step back in time to the mid 1800's and experience what it was like to be a miner in the gold rush era. (Submitted on October 31, 2013.)
2. The Gold Bug Mine Park. Self guided audio tours of the mine (Submitted on October 31, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 389 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 31, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.