Placer County

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Placer County runs between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains, against Sacramento County in the west and 100 miles east to Lake Tahoe. Along the present-day southern border, gold was discovered in 1848 by James Marshall at John Sutter's lumber mill, leading to the California Gold Rush. This relatively narrow county (only 10 to 15 miles across in some spots) has early immigrant trails, wagon roads, railways, and highways all passing through as they head across Donner Summit and across the Sierra Nevadas. Mining, agriculture, transportation, logging, and recreation made Placer County important in the past, and they keep it a thriving place to live now in the 21st century.
ISBN: 9780738571539
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 222
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Arthur Sommers received his bachelor of arts in history from San Francisco State College in 1972. After spending the subsequent 25 years working for the Department of Defense, he returned to his love of history and has been collecting old Placer County photographs since retiring in 1999. In 2008, Arcadia published his book on Auburn, the county seat for Placer County. As with his previous book, Mr. Sommers utilized many images of early county life from his personal photographic collection for this volume.
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