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.