Placerville, Ca., 95667 in El Dorado County California, originally known as “Dry Diggings” was first settled by William Dyer of Sutter’s Fort in 1848 .The name “Dry Diggins” refers to the practice of bringing dry loads of gold bearing soil to a water source for separation.
In 1850 the camp was named Placerville. Placer mining refers to gold particles on or near the surface of the ground which can be obtained by washing in Placerville Creek. Today Placerville is a lively historic, friendly, fun town which has prospered and embodies a deep rich history of the gold rush.
Contrary to popular myth and some rewriting of history, the town was never named “hangtown” At the time, in 1853, the citizens found the nickname objectionable. Many citizens still find it objectionable today. Despite this outdated and inaccurate negative misnomer, the City of Placerville, in reality, is all about life, fun, and rich Gold Rush history, and is a wonderful friendly town for both residents and the many visitors and tourists alike. Looking very much as it did over 100+ years ago, Placerville hosts many fun events year round on Main Street and at the Fairgrounds. Placerville is a great place to visit, and a great place to live.
Nearby Camino Ca. 95709, and Pollock Pines Ca. 95726, are wonderful neighboring scenic towns with a great variety of activities such as the annual Apple Hill Season, where some of the best apples & produce in the country are grown. A tour of the farms & ranches is a wonderful way to spend the day sampling homemade pies, candies, & great mountain cooking. It is a lot of fun visiting the areas many farms, wineries, campgrounds, rivers, and other family attractions year round. Finding the perfect pumpkin in October and the beautiful Christmas tree in December, along with a cup of hot apple cider, are fun local traditions.