Gold Bug Park & Mine


Placerville began life as Dry Diggins, but became known as Hangtown after a triple necktie party took place there in 1849. Today, it takes its name from gold panning, which is formally referred to as placer mining. The town's main attraction, however, features a different type of mining. At the Gold Bug Mine, the only municipally owned mine in the country, you can wander into the hard-rock mine to trace the gold-bearing veins of quartz 360 feet into the mountain. The surrounding 62-acre park also contains the Joshua Hendy Stamp Mill, a museum, and a gift shop. The Gold Bug Mine is open for self-guided tours daily from April 1 to October 31, 10 AM to 4 PM; weekends from November 1 to March 31 noon to 4 PM.


2635 Gold Bug Lane
Placerville, CA 95667


38.74340400, -120.79840100
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(530) 642-5207

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