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Main Street Placerville 2000


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Placerville, CO
Elevation 7,321  feet.
RGS Mile Post 26.6

You can find Placerville tucked into the east side of the San Miguel River valley at the confluence with Leopard Creek. 

Rich gold-bearing sands were discovered in the area in 1876. The following year the town was platted, and several cabins built. Then a young, adverse, lad decided he liked a spot on higher ground about a mile and a half up the river a little better. He proceeded to build a general store, and the only saloon in the area there. In the mid 1890's some others from at the old site up and moved to the new site.  The name of Placerville moved with them and now we have an Old, and New Placerville.

Most activity in Placerville revolved around cattle and sheep ranching. There was a time when the cattlemen had a tremendous dislike of sheep ranchers. Range wars went on in the area and several sheep ranchers ended up killed before the two groups learned to get along. 

The railroad utilized Placerville as a shipping point for cattle and sheep. A small depot and freight warehouse were located here. Texaco and Conoco Oil Companies had bulk oil facilities on the rail line.


Placerville rail yard c1900


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