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Placerville is located in the El Dorado County, in the State of California. As the county seat, Placerville has a growing population, which numbers approximately 10,390 inhabitants. The city of Placerville is included in the larger Sacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The nickname of Placerville is "Old Hangtown".

Top Attractions within Placerville

The Combellack-Blair House was built in 1895 by William Hill Combellack. This is one of the oldest establishments in Placerville, which is why it was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The building represents a wonderful Queen Anne Late Victorian architectural style. Currently, the house is privately operated, but it can be admired by those taking a walking tour of the city.

The Fountain and Tallman Museum is housed in a beautiful Rustic Vernacular Victorian architecture building. The construction was erected in 1853 in Placerville and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The initial purpose of the building was that of a soda water factory. The museum holds artifacts related to this former industry developed in the city and to other important aspects for the past.

Apple Hill is located near Placerville and it is the home of many wine producers. The wineries available here may be visited in order to learn more about the production process and to participate in tastings. Some of the most reputed names that hold estates here are: Jodar, Lava Cap, Granite Springs, Boeger and Crystal Basin.

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine best represents the initial industries that developed in Placerville. The park presents several establishments and facilities related to the gold mining process. Some of the services included are: guided tours to Hattie's Museum, Priest Mine Hiking and walking tours. Other places to visit are: the Miner's Blacksmith Shop, the Meagher House Hendy Stamp Mill and the Gold Bug Mine. One of the favorite activities to take on in Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine is gem painting, which can be done at the gift shop on the grounds and that will provide you with unique souvenirs.


Did you know that Placerville’s former name was “Hangtown” due to the numerous hangings that had taken place in the area?

Population: 10,389
Best Way to Travel: Car
#1 Thing to do: High Hill Ranch
#2 Thing to do: Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park
#3 Thing to do: Lava Cap Winery

Fun Fact: Placerville has experienced record breaking snowfall for a single storm under an 8-hour period which took place on Dec. 7 2009.
#1 Car Rental Company: Hertz


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