Why do you love Placerville?
Placerville is a beautiful, charming place to live; you are surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful scenery, and are only an hour or so from some of the best skiing and outdoors recreation the Sierras offer.
Two golden nuggets you know now that you wish you knew as a new resident?
The region east of Placerville, known as Apple Hill, is “renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada”. Visit notable wineries in the region like Crystal Basin, Lava Cap or Granite Springs.
Two fun facts about Placerville
James Marshall discovered gold in January 1848 and in 1854 Placerville, Ca had become the third largest town in California just behind San Francisco, and Sacramento.
One or two things you dislike about Placerville
Placerville averages about 90 to 95 degrees. There is a good deal of air pollution and stagnate air that accumulates in the valley almost year round - especially in the foothill areas so you may be missing that ocean breeze after a while.
How is street parking around the city?
There is ample two-hour free parking downtown with a few parking facilities that remain two-hour free parking, with parking in excess of two hours to be paid for at the rate of $1.00 per hour. Outside of downtown there are now hassles finding parking.
City History :
In 1854, when the City of Placerville was incorporated, it was the third largest town in CA. It was a central hub for the Mother Lode region's mining operations. Placerville is a historic community from the gold-rush days, and there are many old buildings from this period listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Whether raising a family or operating a business, Placerville offers as a small-town setting and larger city opportunity. It is a fairly laid back city with lots of history here from the gold rush era.
The outdoors fan has plenty to do in Placerville. The Eldorado National Forest provides hiking trails and plenty of fresh air and greenery. For those looking for historical adventure, Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park is the place to tour. Take your family to El Dorado County Museum for some interesting history on the city’s rise to modern times. Make sure to stop by Sweet Pie’s for some delicious American cuisine, or Cascada for fiery Mexican foods.
Placerville is served by two major highways. U.S. Route 50 heads west to Sacramento and east to South Lake Tahoe. CA State Route 49 runs north and south, connecting the city with the other major communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Placerville is served by the Placerville Airport.