Placerville, California: Gold Rush Hangtown

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Placerville, California, USA, is a popular tourist spot for its history and Old West architecture.
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The county seat of the gerrymandered, grotesquely elongated El Dorado County, Placerville was FKA Old Dry Diggings, Dry Diggings, and Hangtown.
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Shoot, I reck’n not much hangin’ goes on in Old Hangtown these days, no sir.DSC06450
Just lots of boutique shopping for the tourist with cash in pocket and a burning desire to overspend on Gold Rush brick-a-brac or logo teeshirts from China.


But just to prove Placerville hasn’t lost its ability to pander to the outdoor crowd, even if most of them are now just eco-raping Rubicon Jeepsters, it sports a large and fully equipped Mil Surplus/Outdoor store.
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And don’t forget P-ville’s most illustrious modern native son.


But the colorful old buildings (by California standards) are nice to look at, and that’s still free.


Though I had to slip into giant, busy Mel’s diner to pinch a loaf. We don’t do public restrooms in El Dorado county much.
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