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El Dorado County


The County of Choice for a Better Tomorrow






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The Cities and communities of El Dorado County, California *

Angel’s Camp

Cameron Park, Camino, Coloma, Cool

Diamond Springs

El Dorado, El Dorado Hills


Garden Valley, Georgetown, Gold Hill, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats

Ice House

Kelsey, Kyburz


Mt. Aukum


Pacific House, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Pleasant Valley, Pollock Pines

Rescue, Riverton

Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Smithflat, Somerset, South Lake Tahoe, Strawberry



*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about El Dorado County, California


El Dorado County Government Website

Board of Supervisors
330 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-5390
FAX: (530) 622-3645

The county seat is Placerville

There are only two incorporated cities – Placerville, the county seat and South Lake Tahoe, about 60 miles east of Placerville.


The population of El Dorado County was:
2000 - 156,299
2002 - 162,586
2005 - 176,841

Other census stats regarding population may be found at this page

Other Facts & Figures:

Size: 1,805 square miles
Median Household Income: $51,484 (1999)
Per Capita Income: $25,560 (1999)

Median House Value
2000 - $194,400

Median Age
2000 - 39.4 years


El Dorado County is located right in the bend of eastern California.  It is just 30 miles east of Sacramento, California's State Capitol and only 40 miles west of Carson City, Nevada's State Capitol.

Here is a map page for El Dorado County


Obviously, the weather in the county varies greatly depending on your elevation.  The lower elevations enjoy mild winters and warm summers.  Cold and snowy winters are the norm for the South Lake Tahoe area.


El Dorado County is truly Gold Country – it is where the California Gold Rush took place.  Check this page for historical sites and information for the county.  This is one of the original California counties when it was established in 1850.  Placerville, the
county seat, was once known as Hangtown.  El Dorado means "The Gilded One" in Spanish and is a very appropriate name for the county with its millions of dollars in gold and ore taken by miners.

This history page from the county tells about the Mines of El Dorado County as well as other historical items.  This history page has a number of good links about many facets of history in the county

The Alabaster Cave was discovered in 1860 by George S. Halterman and John Harris and is one of the few surviving caves today.


The county is located on the western slope of the mountain range known as the Sierra Nevada.  The western areas of the county are made up of mostly rolling foothills.  The further east you go, the higher the elevation becomes.  Placerville is at about 2,000 feet above sea level with Lake Tahoe at about 6,500 feet elevation.  Some mountain peaks reach in excess of 10,000 feet.  The elevation range is 200 to 10,881 feet above sea level.


The US GenWeb Project page for El Dorado County


El Dorado County Library
345 Fair Lane, Placerville
California 95667
Phone: (530) 621-5540
Fax: (530) 622-3911


School information for the county

El Dorado County Office of Education
6767 Green Valley Road
Placerville, California
Phone: 530-622-7130

Organizations & Groups:

El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
542 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: 530-621-5885
Fax: 530-642-1624

South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: 530-541-5255
Fax: 530-541-7121

El Dorado County Visitors Authority
c/o Chamber of Commerce
542 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-5885
Toll-free: 1-800-457-6279
FAX: (530) 642-1624

Attractions & Other Information:

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe straddles the California/Nevada border.  It is in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range about 98 miles northeast of Sacramento and about 45 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada.  Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It is 12 miles wide, 22 miles long, and has 72 miles of shoreline.  It is the second deepest lake in the United States.  The average depth is 989 feet with the deepest point at 1,645 feet.  There are 39 trillion gallons of water in the lake.   The lake’s surface is at 6,223 feet above sea level. The Tahoe area has 409 inches of snowfall each year, but enjoys a comfortable climate with an 80 percent chance of sunshine!

El Dorado County Historical Museum
104 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds)
Placerville, CA 95667
The museum is just north of Highway 50
The museum has many and diverse displays.  Among them are exhibits on the Gold Rush, local Native American baskets, life styles, wagons, and artifacts from the mining, agricultural, and lumbering industries

El Dorado County Fair
held each year in June in Placerville
100 Placerville Drive
Phone: (530) 621-5860

Places to go and things to see in the county

The City of Placerville owns and operates Gold Bug Mine, the only gold mine in California that is open to visitors.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.
310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613
Mailing Address:
PO Box 265
Coloma, CA 95613

Phone: 530-622-3470

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