Site of the Old Dry Diggins (2002)
||Northeast corner of Bedord and Main Streets, Placerville, El Dorado County
Official State Plaque
Coordinates based on NAD27 datum
This rich mining camp was established on the banks of Hangtown
Creek in the spring of 1848. Millions in gold were taken from
its ravines and hills, and it served as a supply center for mining
camps and transportation terminus for the famous Comstock Lode.
John M. Studebaker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Phillip
Armour and Edwin Markham were among well-known men who contributed
to Placerville's history, as did John "Snowshoe" Thompson, who
carried from 60 to 80 pounds of mail on skis from Placerville
over the Sierra to Carson Valley during winter months.
From California Historical Landmarks