Placerville

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Placerville was established on a flat, five miles from Grimes Creek and Centerville, and forty-five miles from Boise.  The town was built around a plaza on which was dug the first public well for local residents and thirsty travelers.  The first building erected was a saloon.  In its glory-days the town has hotels, saloons, sawmills, breweries, stables, and blacksmith shops.  The footprints of thousands of gold-seekers traveling the only route into the famous mining district packed the streets.

During the peak mining years Placerville's population swelled to about 5,000 people.  Early settlers came from all parts of the world.  They all came seeking gold that was said to be "scattered about on the ground."  The miners found dependable work in the placer and quartz mines.  Hydraulic mining was also used to remove gold from the hills.  Later, gold mining dredges moved up the creeks seeking the remaining gold.

The surrounding area at Placerville can take on many flavors.  From winter beauty of it's snow to year around wild life.

 

2010

July 4, 2010.  Sprint boat rides at Centerville pond.

Select the photo to watch a video of the Sprint Boat ride

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The surrounding area at Placerville can take on many flavors.  From winter beauty of it's snow to year around wild life.

 

 

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