‘Old Hangtown’ (as Placerville is fondly known, because five men were hung here in 1849) has always relied on travelers passing through for its livelihood.
Volcano spewed forth gold in such quantities that in 1848 the average miner was making $100 a day.
Nevada City manages to be popular with tourists while maintaining an edgy local vibe.
Auburn was a major stop on the Central Pacific’s transcontinental route and is still busy with trains on the Union Pacific’s main line to the east.
Grass Valley is where area residents buy groceries, service their cars and get their pets groomed.