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EL DORADO COUNTY

 

COUNTY HISTORY AND MAP OF COUNTY HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

The present-day site of El Dorado County was once home to the MaiduWashoe, and Miwok Native American tribes, and is notable for being the site of the 1848 gold discovery that sparked the California Gold Rush. The County of El Dorado was one of California’s original 27 counties created effective February 18, 1850 (the number has risen to 58 today). Its name is derived from the Spanish meaning “the gilded/golden”.

The final segments of the Pony Express mail route ran through El Dorado County until its replacement with the telegraph service in 1861; U.S. Highway 50 follows the Pony Express route today.


COUNTY HISTORICAL LANDMARKS (LIST)

#141: Hangman’s Tree
#142: Studebaker’s Shop (Site of)
#143: Marshall Monument
#319: Marshall’s Blacksmith Shop
#456: Shingle Springs
#475: Old Dry Diggings-Old Hangtown-Placerville
#484: Georgetown
#486: El Dorado (Originally Mud Springs)
#487: Diamond Springs
#521: Greenwood
#530: Gold Discovery Site
#551: Site of California’s First Grange Hall
#569: Mormon Island
#570: Negro Hill
#571: Salmon Falls

#572: Condemned Bar
#699: Mormon Tavern-Overland Pony Express Route in California
#700: El Dorado-Nevada House (Mud Springs) -Overland Pony Express in California
#703: Pleasant Grove House Overland Pony Express in California
#706: Webster’s (Sugar Loaf House) -Overland Pony Express Route in California
#707: Strawberry Valley House -Overland Pony Express Route in California
#708: Yank’s Station -Overland Pony Express Route in California
#728: Friday’s Station -Overland Pony Express Route in California
#747: Coloma Road -Rescue
#748: Coloma Road -Coloma
#767: Methodist Episcopal Chruch
#815: Wakama Tsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony
#1048: Site of Echo Summit
#1051: Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge