California Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County

California Historical Landmark 484
6281 Main Street

California Historical Landmark #484: Georgetown

Photograph Courtesy of Bill Bodden, Redmond, Oregon
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Founded August 7, 1849 by George Phipps and party. Nicknamed Growlersburg from the heavy nuggets that "growled" in the miners' pans. Georgetown was the hub of an immensely rich gold area. After the disastrous fire of 1852 the old town was moved from the canyon in lower Main Street to its present site. Unique in early day planning, Main Street was laid out 100 feet wide and side streets 60 feet. Population was 3,000 in 1854-56.

Historical Landmark No. 484

Tablet furnished by California Centennials Commission
Base by Georgetown Divide Rotary Club
Dedicated October 20, 1951 by Georgetown Divide Rotary Club
And James W. Marshall Chapter, E Clampus Vitus

For a contextual photograph, see Georgetown Volunteer Firemen.

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