El Dorado, California
El Dorado (Spanish for The golden; formerly Eldorado, Mud Spring, and Mud Springs), not to be confused with the nearby El Dorado Hills, is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Placerville, at an elevation of 1608 feet (490 m). The population was 4,096 at the 2000 census. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #486. The ZIP code is 95623. The community is inside area code 530.
Poor Red's Bar-B-Q in downtown El Dorado
Location in California
El Dorado (the United States)
|Coordinates: 38°40′58″N 120°50′52″W|
|County||El Dorado County|
|Elevation||1,608 ft (490 m)|
El Dorado, "The Gilded One", was first known as Mud Springs from the boggy quagmire the cattle and horses made of a nearby watering place. Originally an important camp on the old Carson Trail, by 1849-50 it had become the center of a mining district and the crossroads for freight and stagecoach lines. At the height of the rush its large gold production supported a population of several thousand. It was incorporated as the town of El Dorado in 1856.
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