Placerville is a charming California Gold Rush town. The story of old Hangtown really begins at Coloma, where James Marshall built a sawmill on the South Fork of the American River for his employer John Sutter. On January 24, 1848, Marshall discovered flecks of gold in the tailings of the mill, and when the news spread, the great Gold Rush began. Placerville has several local towns that you can drive to including the town of El Dorado, Shingle Springs and Diamond Springs. The foothills are full of folklore and old mining history. Placerville is at the 2000 foot elevation, it can get some occasional snow, heat in the summer and cool falls. El Dorado HIgh School, Ponderosa High School, and several new grade schools have been built over the years. The population of Placerville is 10970 as of 2019.
There local small town events include: The El Dorado County Fair, the Handtown Christmas Carriage Rides, 4th of July Fireworks, One main street includes quaint shops, Five and Dime and don’t forget the old Hangtown Saloon and the Bell tower in the middle of town.