City of the Month
Congratulations to our July City of the Month, Placerville! Founded in 1848, the city of Placerville was established as the El Dorado county seat in 1857 and boasted an estimated population of 11,048 people as of 2018. Built in the heart of California’s early goldfields, Placerville is not only notable for its mining history but for its definitive role in a variety of significant historic events, including helping the Studebaker Company get its start. It boasts a large old town, a walk-in mine and a number of historic preservation organizations. If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out what we have for this county!
In July of 2018, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the City of the Month program as a companion to our County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many cities while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.