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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Placerville, California

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Placerville is in El Dorado County
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1California (El Dorado County), Placerville — "Stone House"Circa 1865
The last remaining building of the Gold Rush era Chinese community in Old Hangtown Stone House is famous for its historical significance as an old Chinese brothel Restored by John R. Berry – Attorney at Law Architectural . . . Map (db m36815) HM
2California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Bayles Building (1853)
This building was used as a post office from 1854 through 1858. Famous Norwegian skier and mailman Snowshoe Thompson picked up his first mail here in 1856. His courage and perseverance conquered the impassable winter Sierra Nevada mountains . . . Map (db m193324) HM
3California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Bee-Bennett House
One of the oldest preserved homes of Placerville (Old Hangtown) originally built in 1853 by Col. Fred A. Bee, pioneer merchant, and enlarged in 1889 by Judge Marcus P. Bennett, early jurist, retaining redwood ornate paneling woodwork and fireplace . . . Map (db m42260) HM
4California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Boeger Winery
This fieldstone building was built by Giovanni N. Lombardo in 1872 from stones cleared to plant vineyards on the property. The lower cellar was used to produce wine for the local community. The grapes were crushed in the upper story living room and . . . Map (db m101534) HM
5California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing BuildingCollins Auto Parts/Placerville Clothing
Branch Saloon Bingham’s Jewelry Seligman Building Ewing Building Collins Auto Parts Placerville Clothing A log building owned by C.C. Williams once stood on the western portion of this lot. In 1853 thirsty miners stopped here for a drink . . . Map (db m69356) HM
6California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Cemetery of Lost Souls
These headstones, removed from their gravesites as a result of vandalism, were found throughout the county on roadsides and in backyards. The headstones have been given a temporary resting site, here, until their rightful places can be located.Map (db m13613) HM
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7California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Confidence Engine CompanyCity Hill
Erected in 1860, this part of City Hall housed the Confidence Engine Company which was originally formed as The Mountaineer Engine Company. When flames engulfed most of the town in 1856, concerned citizens of Placerville realized that even the best . . . Map (db m35540) HM
8California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Confidence Hall
This building was erected in the Fall of 1860 for Confidence Engine Company No.1, organized in June 1857. City government located here since 1902.Map (db m35546) HM
9California (El Dorado County), Placerville — County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration
Board of Supervisors John M. Caswell – District 1, William V.D. Johnson – District 2, Thomas M. Goodloe, Jr. – District 3, Raymond E. Lawyer, Chairman – District 4, Gerald E. Martin – District 5. Robert Mason, . . . Map (db m12755) HM
10California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Davis and Roy News Depot / Shelley Inch Building / Placerville News Company
Fisher’s Oasis Coffee House and Wadsworth’s Chicago Dining Saloon occupied this site from 1851- 1855. In 1853 F.A. Bee, founder of the Placerville Herald, printed his short-lived newspaper here. Early pioneer doctors, Harvey and Sholer and . . . Map (db m65253) HM
11California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Douglass – Hines Building Bricks
The antique bricks that were used on the façade of this building were originally used to build the “Dougalss – Hines” Building. The “Douglass – Hines” Building stood where the Fountain Plaza now stands at 312 . . . Map (db m13144) HM
12California (El Dorado County), Placerville — El Dorado County Veterans Monument
[Marker located on right planter stand on walkway of entrance to Monument:] El Dorado County Veterans Monument Dedicated on Veterans Day November 11, 2006 By The Friends of the Monument And The Grateful Citizens Of . . . Map (db m21750) WM
13California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Emigrant Jane
Drove a band of horses across the plains and from the proceeds of their sale she erected this building in 1861.Map (db m13272) HM
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14California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Fountain and Tallman Soda Works
This building erected in 1852 withstood the fire of 1856. Dedicated to the memory of of the PIONEERSMap (db m13269) HM
15California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine
The Gold Bug is like the thousands of small mines that once dotted the Sierra foothills. Surprisingly enough, most of the digging in this mine occurred in the 1920’s and 30’s, and not during the Gold Rush. Mines like this were worked by small . . . Map (db m69863) HM
16California (El Dorado County), Placerville — 141 — Hangmans Tree
This city in the days of ’49 was called “Hangtown” This was the site of Elstner’s Hay Yard on which stood the ‘Hangman’s Tree’ where vigilantes executed many men for various crimes. The stump of the tree is under this . . . Map (db m10504) HM
17California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park
Did you know that Gold Bug Park has nearly 100 years of gold mining history? 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 . . . Map (db m69861) HM
18California (El Dorado County), Placerville — History of Old Town Center
The Masonic Building was built by S.G. Beach and Company in the fall of 1893 for the Placerville Masonic Hall Association, using 85,000 first quality bricks shipped from Sacramento. It housed some of the finest legal talent in the county, attorneys . . . Map (db m35590) HM
19California (El Dorado County), Placerville — In Respectful Memory of Joseph M. StaplesDeputy Sheriff of El Dorado County — Placerville, California —
On Thursday, June 30, 1864 at about 10 PM two west-bound stage coaches of the Pioneer Stage Company were held up and the passengers robbed at gun-point at a location approximately 15 miles east of Placerville. The bandits demanded and obtained . . . Map (db m13150) HM
20California (El Dorado County), Placerville — J. Wonderly House / N.C. Fassett Groceries & Provisions / Burn & McBride / Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop
Boarders and guests of the Cedar Ravine House that once stood two doors up the street purchased groceries and provisions here from 1853 to 1856. Proprietor N.C. Fassett sold a variety of goods from beans to brandy, candy to coffee, lard to lead, . . . Map (db m65252) HM
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21California (El Dorado County), Placerville — James D. Rinehart
In Memory of James D. Rinehart Viet Nam – 1968Map (db m65255) WM
22California (El Dorado County), Placerville — James G. EddyApril 7, 1881 - June 5, 1964
Whose deep concern for the conservation and improvement of our forests led him to establish the Eddy Tree Breeding Station on this site in 1925. His own effort and funds created this oldest forest genetics research institution in the Western . . . Map (db m105854) HM
23California (El Dorado County), Placerville — John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson
This statue commemorates the life and career of Norwegian American pioneer and skier, John A. Snowshoe Thompson, who by his courage and perseverance conquered the impassable winter Sierra Nevada mountains to carry mail, medicine and supplies . . . Map (db m193400) HM
24California (El Dorado County), Placerville — 142 — John Mohler StudebakerStudebaker's Shop
1833 - - - 1917 Pioneer – Blacksmith – Soldier Inventor – BuilderMap (db m143494) HM
25California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Joseph M. Staples
Re-Dedicated July 1, 1986 To The Memory of Joseph M. Staples El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff Who Was Killed In The Line Of Duty July 1, 1864Map (db m13970) HM
26California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Lower Fairchild Building
F.A. Gerbode began construction of this building for W.A. (Will) Fairchild in 1903. Family legend says that when excavation began, enough gold was found to finance the project which totaled $16,000. The building’s two stories, much like today, . . . Map (db m35579) HM
27California (El Dorado County), Placerville — 767 — Methodist Episcopal Church
Erected in 1851, Oldest church building in El Dorado County. It originally stood on the corner of Cedar Ravine and Main Street. The Ponderosa Pine beams are hand hewn. First church bell was purchased from the sailing ship . . . Map (db m143485) HM
28California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building
Morning Star Lodge #20 was instituted February 9, 1854. The Lodge met for several years on the second floor of a 48 x 24 foot hillside building near here. In 1859, the members erected a building on this site. On May 15th, 1910, a fire started in the . . . Map (db m35518) HM
29California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Placerville
[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 . . . Map (db m16024) HM
30California (El Dorado County), Placerville — 475 — PlacervilleOriginally Known as “Hangtown” — Incorporated May 13, 1854 —
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. . . . Map (db m12732) HM
31California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Placerville Hardware
Oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi River One hundred forty years in businessMap (db m13154) HM
32California (El Dorado County), Placerville — 701 — Placerville Pony ExpressStation and Terminus
Gold Rush town and Western Terminus of the Placerville – Carson Road to the Comstock. Placerville was a relay station of the Central Overland Pony Express, April 4, 1860 – June 30, 1861. Here on April 4, 1860 the first east-bound pony . . . Map (db m57973) HM
33California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Randolph Jewelers
The oldest jewelry store In the West Established 1852Map (db m65254) HM
34California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay
Dedicated to the memory of all those veterans, down through the years, who fought so valiantly for their country.. Those who returned.. and those that did not. From one who did not return from “Desert Storm” Sgt. J. Scott . . . Map (db m35524) WM
35California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Site of Original Raley’s Grocery Store
Site of original Raley’s Grocery Store opened on February 16, 1935 by Thomas P. Raley, Founder of “Raley’s Super Markets & Drug Centers”Map (db m35508) HM
36California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Site of Placerville Drive In Market
Owned and operated by the Ray Gier Family From 1946 to 1955 Owned and operated by the Bing Peterson and Thomas C. Smith Families From 1955 to 1967Map (db m35510) HM
37California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Snowshoe Thompson
A Viking Son of Norway who fulfilled California’s motto: “Bring Me Men To Match My Mountains” For twenty winters from 1858 to 1878 he was the lifeline between Utah Territory across the Sierras, and the new state of California. . . . Map (db m12750) HM
38California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Swift Berry“Mr. Clamper”
Born Nebraska 1887. Educated Biltmore Forest School, North Carolina. Began career 1908 in California with U.S.F.S. Major U.S. Army A.E.F. 1917 – 1919 General Manager Michigan California Lumber Co. 1925 – 1949 California State . . . Map (db m57974) HM
39California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Druid Monument
The Druids of California Erected This Memorial to Frederick Sieg Who Instituted the Order in this State A. D. 1859 Presented to the City of Placerville Sept. 5, 1926Map (db m16460) HM
40California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell CaféThe Bookery
Saloons and gambling halls provided the main form of entertainment for miners during the gold rush. One of Old Hangtown’s largest gaming halls, The United States Trio, once stood on this site. Owner and entrepreneur, Benjamin Nickerson, first . . . Map (db m65251) HM
41California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Luse Ditch Flume (1920-1924)
On this site stood the Luse Ditch Flume carrying water from Placerville to the ranching and mining operations in the eastern Gold Hill area. The ditch and flume system was managed by George and John Luse from 1920 to 1924. This structure is believed . . . Map (db m437) HM
42California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Old Vet’s Building
In 1852 Phillip L. Platt preempted a ½ quarter section here. He erected a log building for the lodging of miners. He named his hotel The Kossuth House. Dr. Platt died in 1853. His widow sold the property to Anna W. Clark for $200 in 1856. She . . . Map (db m13165) HM
43California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Eld-007 — The Smith Flat HousePoint of Historical Interest - Eld-007
A hotel originally built in 1853 with substantial additions including a blacksmith shop in 1863. In the cellar is the famous opening to the Blue Lead Mine. Known early as "3 Mile House" the building has served as a stage coach stop, general . . . Map (db m52512) HM
44California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Stamp Mill
Local residents remember that the thunderous crashing staccato of the ore stamp mill could be heard for miles in the narrow canyon. The song of the stamps had been a familiar sound in this area for since George Cozens erected the first mill here in . . . Map (db m69864) HM
45California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Thomas MaulSuperior Judge — 1885 – 1954 —
Lawyer This plaque is a memorial To our beloved citizen Who sponsored this park and many other civic improvementsMap (db m13172) HM
46California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Three Unfortunates Hanged
“Somewhere here lie the remains of the three unfortunates hanged in late 1849 from the oak tree in the feed corral after fair trial by the vigilantes. This incident changed the name of Dry Diggins to Hangtown. Let us not judge them too . . . Map (db m57972) HM
47California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Upper Central House
First operated by Elias Parker, only Gold Rush hotel still standing in Placerville. Used as the Placerville Academy School from 1871 – 1894. Dedicated May 6, 1962, by Marguerite Parlor No.12, Native Daughters of the Golden West on their 75th . . . Map (db m12760) HM
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Oct. 1, 2022