Blowhard, Esq. writes:
I had to make a quick business trip to the city of Placerville recently, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The town, a California Historical Landmark, was one of the central locations of the Gold Rush. Here are a few snaps I took of the area.
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The plaque that designates the city as a landmark.
Love those autumn trees.
Charming little downtown, no?
Whoever put up that River City Bank sign should be ashamed of himself.
The Cary House Hotel. Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, and Horace Greeley all stayed here. Some shots of the interior a little later.
This is sort of the city square.
A detail of two buildings in the previous shot.
I only had about an hour at night and an hour in the morning for pictures. Sorry for haziness of this shot.
This used to be the firehouse. Empty now, looks like they’re trying to restore it.
Emigrant Jane was quite a woman, I imagine.
Lots of plaques around town commemorating historic sites.
The doors of Placerville Hardware. I assume this used to be the location of the town newspaper.
The newspaper today.
The El Dorado county courthouse.
Some details in the daylight.
A shop window.
Placerville even has some cool neon.
The lobby of the Cary House Hotel.
Some stained glass. Don’t know if it’s original or was put in later.
The front desk.
The hotel’s register from back in the day.
Love the wood and the bannister.
The lobby from the staircase’s landing.
A shot of the city from the hotel’s balcony. Horace Greeley delivered a presidential campaign speech from this very spot.
I’ll share some shots of Sacramento in a later post.
- Paleo Retiree was in Gold Country not too long ago, here’s his post on the appeal of Nevada City’s architecture.