From the Gold Rush to the transcontinental railroad through today, Placer County has held a leading role in California's history.

History comes alive through interactive exhibits, museums and tours that illustrate how Placer County’s role in California’s story is as diverse and fascinating as the region’s physical landscape.

Pan for gold like the original 49ers in the majestic American River, trace the history of the Maidu tribe who lived here for thousands of years. Learn about mining and geology, including a working blacksmith shop, in Foresthill. Griffith Quarry literally provided the foundation that many of California’s buildings are made of, including the State Capitol. For a more modern lesson, relive the magic of the 1960 Winter Olympics at museums in Tahoe City and at Squaw Valley’s High Camp or celebrate technology at the Roseville Telephone Museum.

Placer County's role in California's story is as diverse and fascinating as the region's physical landscape.

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