#475:  Old Dry Diggins - Old Hangtown - Placerville

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NE corner of Bedford and Main, Placerville





State Plaque



From the plaque:

Placerville, Originally 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. Studebaker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Phillip Armour, and Edwin Markham were among well-known men who contributed to Placerville’s early history. Also, “Snowshoe” John A. Thompson who carried from 60 to 80 pounds of mail on skies from Placerville over the Sierra to Carson Valley during winter months.

Tablet furnished by California Centennials Commission. Base by James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49, E Clampus Vitus

©2009 David Schmitt