🇺🇸 Placerville is a city in and the county seat of El Dorado County, California. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Placerville is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills where U.S. Route 50 crosses State Route 49. It is the location of three traffic signals along U.S. Route 50, which is otherwise a freeway.
Economy The region east of Placerville, popularly known as Apple Hill and Pleasant Valley, is becoming a centre for wine production. The wine region is officially designated as the El Dorado AVA. The largest wineries in the area are Boeger, Lava Cap and Madrona, but most of the 30 plus wineries surrounding Placerville are family owned and smaller in wine grape and wine production. The region is "renown[ed] for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada." The area is increasingly a centre for sophisticated production of Rhone style wines, noted by El Dorado County having a local chapter of the Rhone Rangers winemaker association.
Formerly known as Anderson Field, the arena and main grandstand that is now known as Placerville Speedway was originally built by the El Dorado County Fair during the winter months of 1956. Constructing a clay racing surface around the perimeter of the football field, Warren Jewitt and Bruno Romani created what was originally known as "Hangtown Speedway". Auto racing took place here for the first time on June 18, 1965.
Since 1965, Placerville Speedway has hosted several racing divisions. The track was cut out of a hillside, giving it higher banking, and covered with a dark red clay racing surface.
Placerville is home to the Mountain Democrat, the oldest continuously published newspaper in California, and Marshall Medical Center.
Placerville has a population of over 10,389 people. Placerville also forms the centre of the wider El Dorado County which has a population of over 181,058 people.