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Communities and Mining Camps

When gold was discovered in El Dorado County in 1848, countless mining camps and flats sprang up, many were abandoned within weeks or months, others became boom towns. As the Gold Rush faded, some towns began to rely on other industries like logging or farming to survive, many were not successful. As their populations dwindled and the homes were abandoned, so too were many of the memories of these places. Today El Dorado County is filled with the foundations of old cabins, remnants of mines, and stories of these once busy towns. The sites of many of these towns can still be seen along the now paved country roads which were once their main streets.