About Placerville, California
Placerville, California is a city located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is the county seat of El Dorado County. It was originally known as Dry Diggins during the gold rush era and had the third largest population in the state by 1854. Today, Placerville is a hub of the Mother Lode and gateway to the Sierras and California’s central valley. As of the 2024 census, the estimated population of Placerville was 11,116. The city’s economy has shifted from mining to lumber, agriculture, light manufacturing, tourism, and recreation. Placerville is famous for its vineyards and production of fine wines. The city’s historic Main Street still retains a majority of the buildings from the 1800s, and Hangtown Creek, where the 49ers panned for gold, still flows past the town. Visitors can enjoy living history reenactments, gold panning for children, and other associated events. The city-owned and operated Gold Bug Mine and Museum showcases the history of gold mining in the area. Placerville is also home to the El Dorado County Historical Society’s Fountain & Tallman Museum.