Vacation in El Dorado County

norlaw1935 By norlaw1935, 31st Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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El Dorado County is a great place for a vacation and you can take your dog with you. It is full of history from the California gold rush days.

Vacation in El Dorado

El Dorado is a dog friendly place that has many businesses that welcome dogs. El Dorado has miles of hiking and biking trails. There is dog friendly shopping, wine tasting, dining and places to stay. You can also take your dog gold panning. If you visit any farms and ranches in the area they welcome well behaved pets but your dog must be on a leash.

You can visit the Gold Bug Mine. This was a hard rock mine during the Gold Rush era in California. The Gold Bug Mine was located in Placerville. There is now a 60 acre park that during the 1800s was home to several mines.

Panning for gold was becoming a thing of the past by 1860. Hard rock mining was started in the area. Two miners in the area started the Gold Bug Mine in 1888. It was then known as the Hattie mine.

Visitors can take guided tours of the Priest Mine. The Priest mine dates back to 1849. Much work has been done in the Gold Bug Park and Mine. It is home to the Joshua Hendy Stamp Mill, blacksmith shop, the Hattie Museum and a gift shop. You can go gem panning for fun. You can enjoy a picnic in the great picnic areas. There are many hiking trails you can enjoy. El Dorado was the center of California’s Gold Rush. The area was known as the “Mother Lode.” El Dorado County has lakes, gold mines and historic towns. There is beautiful scenery and much more for you to enjoy.

Placerville is an old historic town in El Dorado County. The town has been restored and it is a beautiful place. There is great shopping to be had here. “The City of Placerville owns and operates the Gold Bug Mine, the only gold mine in California that is open to visitors.”

The first gold discovered in California was found in the town of Coloma. The Coloma site where the gold was discovered has been restored to the 1840s. It is now a living museum. When you are in Coloma you can visit the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. It is an awesome place.

El Dorado County is much diversified. You can visit some of the small wineries that are located in the best wine country in the Sierras. El Dorado County has many orchards and it is home to “Apple Hill.” You will also find Christmas tree farms and the logging industry. It is a great place to visit.

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author avatar BNelson
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

El Dorado sounds like a great place to visit, hot and interesting!

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author avatar norlaw1935
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment. It does get hot.

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author avatar A K Rao
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

That is a beautifully written article on El Dorado County dear Norlaw! I liked it! I wish I could see the only Gold mine open for visitors in Placerville some ime! Thanks !

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author avatar norlaw1935
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your comment. It really means a lot to me. El Dorado county is really beautiful country.

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author avatar vpaulose
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Interesting. Thank you Norlaw.

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