El Dorado County History

The Mines of El Dorado County, by Doug Noble
The Mines of El Dorado County is available in .pdf format.
The Post Offices of El Dorado County, by Doug Noble
The Post Offices of El Dorado County is available in .pdf format.
Community Profiles, by Doug Noble
Camino
El Dorado County US GenWeb Project
Genealogy and history of El Dorado County can be found on the El Dorado County US GenWeb Project website.
El Dorado County History
The Story Index contains many stories and photos about people and places in El Dorado County History.
Historical Sites and Activities in El Dorado County
The Visitor’s Authority web site provides a wealth of information about the many historic mining towns, pioneer cemeteries, historic country inns, museums and more of El Dorado County.
El Dorado County Historical Museum
Visit the El Dorado County Historical Museum and take an informative tour, wander among the historical artifacts, or research a family ancestor.
Pollock Pines Epic
Visit the Pollock Pines Epic site to read a web-based copy of the book Pollock Pines Epic, by Marilyn Parker. Find this book in our catalog.
Online Archive of California
Click here to search the C. Hart Merriam Collection of Native American Photographs, ca. 1890-1938. The list of tribes on the left of the page will take you to other photos. To go directly to the Maidu (Midoo) collection click here.

The El Dorado County Library has a large collection of books about the history of the county, the California Gold Rush, and early California history. The following is a very small sampling of books available at the library. Many of our books are in Reference or Rare, and may not be checked out or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

Placerville reflections: a photo album of “Old Hangtown”
Author: Fairchild, Elizabeth
El Dorado County Historical Society 2002
C 979.441 FAI
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Also available for sale at the El Dorado County Historical Museum
Hidden in the chaparral: a chronicle, from 1848 to 1942, of the gold rush towns of Spanish Flat, Kelsey, American Flat, Garden Valley, and surrounding mining settlements and camps
Author: Gernes, Phyllis Lindert
Gernes 1979
C 979.441 GER
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Lake of the sky: Lake Tahoe in the high Sierras of California and Nevada
Author: James, George Wharton
Nevada publications reprint edition 1992
CQ 917.9438 JAM
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Mother Lode of learning: one room schools in El Dorado County
Author: Miller, Edna
El Dorado County Retired Teachers Association 1990
CQ 372.979441 MOT
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El Dorado County historic places of interest, myths and legends
Author: Moser-Flynn, Halmar
Heritage Association of El Dorado County 1995
CQ 979.441 MOS
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Georgetown historical walking tour, Georgetown, California
Author: Rambeau, Shirley
Minuteman Press 2004
C 979.441 GEO
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Sesquicentennial reprint of Paolo Sioli’s Historical souvenir of El Dorado County, California with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers
Author: Sioli, Paolo
Cedar Ridge Publishing 1998 reprint of original 1883 edition
CQ 979.441 SES
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This book is also available for sale at the El Dorado County Library. The price of $52.02 includes 7.25% tax. If you would like the book mailed to you there is a $5.00 shipping and handling fee. Call the library at (530) 621-5540 for more information.
Old Hangtown: a history of Placerville, California from 1848-1856
Author: Winkler, Jack R.
JRW Press 2000
CQ 979.441 WIN
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“I remember … ” : stories and pictures of El Dorado County pioneer families
Author: Yohalem, Betty
El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 1997
CQ 979.441 YOH
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Also available for sale at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

A complete listing of our books can be found by searching through our online catalog using the subject search. Subjects are often further divided by specific headings, so that a work might be listed under El Dorado County (Calif.) – History – Pictorial Works.

Historical File
The library’s Historical File is a collection of newspaper clippings, articles, and ephemera about El Dorado County people, places and events. This resource is available only at the Main Library.

Microfilms and Newspapers
The library has a collection of microfilm of local newspapers. Many of these are available through Interlibrary Loan. The Main Library also has a microfilm reader/printer for use during open hours. The entire run of the Mountain Democrat is available online at the library, and can be searched by keyword.

Microfilm at the Main Library
The Mountain Democrat (published in Placerville, Calif.) 1854-current

Georgetown Gazette

Village Life (El Dorado Hills)

Cameron Park Life (Cameron Park)

Microfilm at the South Lake Tahoe Library
Tahoe Daily Tribune