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Old 02-22-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Hi fellow campers, 3 years ago when my oldest was studying the Gold Rush we stayed in Auburn and visited many of the historical places she had been reading about. Now my youngest is doing the same thing and we would now like to see historical places from Placerville south. Any recommendations for camping and exploring? We'll be taking a whole week. Thanks, Kel.

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Old 02-22-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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Hi Kel,
My triplet fourth graders are in the midst of California history as well. We camped at Coloma (where gold was first found ) last fall and had a great time. We stayed at Coloma Resort right on the American River, just across from the State Historical Park. I guess technically its north of Placerville, but it has to be on the list of places to go.
To the south, check out Columbia SHP great gold rush town, take the stage coach ride and pan for gold. Also nearby are a number caverns to explore. We stayed at Marble Quarry RV Park, it was pretty nice, and an easy walk to the SHP.
Jamestown has the Railtown 1897 SHP which is a great place if you're interested in trains or the industry surrounding the gold rush. Many movies were filmed using their trains, and the surrounding area. I understand that Calaveras Big Trees State Park is really nice and is close by. Though I haven't been there before.
All along State Highway 49 (the only state highway to be purposely named, this being the year gold was discovered, 1849 and for the 49ers who rushed to the area) are many small towns that are worth exploring.
If you can take a detour, either before or after, check out Old Town Sacramento. Well worth the time, as is the California Railroad Museum.
Hope you have a great trip. Let us know how it goes. Tom

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Old 02-23-2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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Kel. You did not indicate what type RV you have. We tried driving that highway 49 South from Auburn, and it was a chore. We had a 34 foot Bounder. The twists & turns wore me out. Not fun at all. We made it to the KOA in Placerville, and owner said that Hy 49 south was just as bad. We headed west hy 95 south. We were going to Oakhurst/yosemite area. So, be prepared for a workout.
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Just so you know, since this is a family trip, Jackson Rancheria is actually a huge casino in the foothills. Don't know if it would be appropriate with kids. Just my 2¢.
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The RV park at the Rancheria is not at the casino. It's a mile or so away and a very nice park.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. Good deal, Marble Quarry is the one I got my eye on. We covered the land pretty thoroughly north of Placerville. I know what you mean about Hwy. 49 I did it the other way- in the rain. I've got a better plan this time. Thanks again.
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I'll be checking out Jackson Rancheria next weekend for the first time and will share my experience. Reviews are outstanding so we have high expectations. We'll be visiting Daffodil Hill and Sutter Creek gold and wine country while we're there. An hour South of Jackson, the old gold rush town of Columbia is pretty cool.

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