J and I decided to take a little road trip up the Foothills on Saturday to explore Placerville.
Placerville is a Gold Rush city and it was “[…] formerly known as Dry Diggin’s after the manner in which the miners moved cartloads of dry soil to running water to separate the gold from the soil. Later in 1849, the town earned its most common historical name, “Hangtown”, because of the numerous hangings that had occurred there.”¹
The name was changed to Placerville in 1854, after people “had begun to request that a more friendly name be bestowed upon the town. […] Placerville was a central hub for the Mother Lode region’s mining operations. The town had many services, including transportation (of people and goods), lodging, banking, and had a market and general store. The history of hard-rock mining is evidenced by an open and accessible Gold Bug Park & Mine, now a museum with tours and books.”¹
I have to admit that we didn’t tour the museum or the mine. Maybe next time. But we did have a great late breakfast and walked up and down Main Street, which has a lot of cool old buildings and another historical landmark, the Bell Tower, which is a monument for the city’s volunteer firemen.
Other good things this weekend:
coffee and cake ♥ 2-hour naps ♥ a stop at Michaels ♥ sleeping in ♥ couch-snuggling ♥ movie night ♥ wine and cheese ♥ reading ♥ phone-calls with my sister and a friend ♥ pajamas ♥ finally some more rain
How was your weekend, peeps?