Old Dry Diggins - Old Hangtown - Placerville

California State Historic Landmark 475

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#475 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 the 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 skis from Placerville over the Sierra to Carson Valley during winter months.

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NE corner of Bedford and Main, Placerville.

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