Hang town's Gold Bug Park & Mine
Take a step back in time when you enter the Gold Bug Mine! A real gold mine from the Gold Rush Days. Open noon to 4 pm in March.
Gold Panning at the South Fork of the American River -- Coloma, CA
Rent a pan or bring your own. There is an area just across the river from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where you can settle in and try your luck. If Rodney is around, he is a fixture in the park, you might be lucky enough to get a lesson in gold panning from him.
El Dorado County Museum
The county museum runs El Dorado County's own railroad! It runs every Sunday, providing rides on the open air "Gang Cars". What a way to see El Dorado County's beautiful country side!
The Placerville Museum is located in the historic Fountain and Tallman Soda Works Building, one of the oldest buildings in Placerville. Constructed in 1852 of stone and other local materials, the building was the site of a soda works, also known as a bottling factory where fresh water from a spring located behind the building was bottled and sold to the early residents and miners.
The Museum's first floor displays are dedicated to 1850s Placerville history when it was a gold rush town with miners' tools and photographs on display. There is also a display of early fire fighting equipment, Snowshoe Thompson's skis, and a piece of the hanging tree - from which Placerville's nickname of "Hangtown" derived. On the second floor, the Museum displays highlight some of the history of the businesses downtown, such as Pacific Gas and Electric ownership of the building, a Hangtown Band drum, an early jeweler's lathe, a uniform from Placerville's winning Bartlett Baseball team, and furnishings belonging to the Tracy family.
Hours Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fees: No fee, donations accepted.
Gold was discovered only 15 minutes from the winery in the town of Coloma by James Marshall. The subsequent rush to the foothills brought many miners and immigrants to the area. Boeger Winery sits on an 1850's site that was homesteaded by the Fossati-Lombardo family. The original house, cellar and distillery are still used today.
If you look at the door to the old cellar you will see the federal tax stamp that served as the license to distill before the Eighteenth Amendment put an end to the production of alcohol.
During the era of prohibition, the winery continued to produce a little sacramental wine for the local church and enough for the personal use of the Fossati family.
The winery sits at 2600 feet above sea level which provides a Mediterranean climate. This makes Chateau Rodin wines unique because at this elevation we are provided with cool summer nights and warm summer days. This causes our wines to be fruity, complex, aromatic. This also affords our wines to have a variety of spiciness that has not been discovered in wines from vines at lower elevations.