The history of Placerville
began with the "rush for gold" to California in the 1840s.
The highly publicized discovery of gold in the tailrace section at
Sutters Mill in Coloma (only 10 miles from Placerville) in
1848 resulted in the migration of thousands of fortune-seekers to
The City of Placerville is
centrally located between Sacramento, the State capitol, and South
Lake Tahoe, world- famous recreation center. Situated above the
fog line and below the snow line, Placerville boasts an ideal
climate with four distinct seasons. Accessibility to Placerville
is via State Highway 49 and U.S. Highway 50, along one of the most
traveled corridors in California. Placervilles treasured
heritage is reflected in the historical, nineteenth century
architecture of its downtown core. In addition, Placerville
is the County seat and the center of financial, commercial, civic,
and Government activity.
Visitors who come here are
treated to many special events such as the Antique and Craft
Faires, Art & Wine Festival, Jazz in the Plaza, Trick or Treat
on Main Street, Festival of Lights, Placerville Police Cadets
Program, and many other events and holiday activities on Historic
Main Street throughout the year.