100 Years Ago
A typical miner, as represented in an old wood cut
Hangtown, a gold-rush settlement so named because local peace
authorities were kept busy meting out justice to its wild inhabitants.
* ,Afte[° gruelling day of prospecting, the gold seekers ate a simple meal, such as hard
tack and beans, before bedding down in a tent or in the open.
For many, relaxation consisted of gambling and drinking. For some, the dance hall was
a popular Saturday night spot, although women numbered as little as two per cent of most
of the mining communities.
A modern view of the some community, renamed Placerville in 1854.
It is the site of the largest deciduous fruit packing plant in the world.
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