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Register of the El Dorado County Gold Rush Papers, 1852-1865
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Description
El Dorado County, one of the original 27 counties and third most populous after San Francisco and Sacramento during the Gold Rush, was the site of James Marshall's original gold discovery (Coloma, 1847). By the following year the area faced a massive influx of gold seekers, notably along the American and Cosumnes Rivers. The largest communities in El Dorado County were Coloma (county seat from 1850 to 1857), Placerville (county seat from 1857), Georgetown and Diamond Springs.
Background
El Dorado County, one of the original 27 counties and third most populous after San Francisco and Sacramento during the Gold Rush, was the site of James Marshall's original gold discovery (Coloma, 1847). By the following year the area faced a massive influx of gold seekers, notably along the American and Cosumnes Rivers. The largest communities in El Dorado County were Coloma (county seat from 1850 to 1857), Placerville (county seat from 1857), Georgetown and Diamond Springs.
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Collection is open for research.