Fountain & Tallman Museum

Built in 1852
Old Hangtown

524 Main Street
Wednesday - Sunday
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(530) 626-0773


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Exploring Main Street
Fountain Tallman Museum
First floor exhibits
Second Floor Exhibits
Museum Gift Shop
Specialty Items Available at the
Museum on Main Street

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El Dorado County

Membership Form

Kris Payne


Joyce Thompson
Treasurer Carol Sexton
Secretary Mary Cory
Finance Jarel Culver
Publications Joyce Thompson
Frances Kilday
Fund Raising

Colleen Moore

Publicity Alice Henry
Historic Trails Dee Owens
Don Uelmen
Membership Secretary Debbie Ringnes
Newsletter Editor Lisa Butler
Webmaster Dee Owens

The El Dorado County Historical Society wants to thank the El Dorado Museums Foundation for the grant the Society has received since 2012. This grant enables the Society to maintain and staff the El Dorado County Historical Society Museum (Fountain Tallman Building.)

















"Our mission is to honor the people who came before us by rescuing, preserving, researching, and displaying the county's rich history to ensure that its significance will be appreciated for generations to come."

Placerville 1849

The El Dorado County Historical Society was founded in 1939 as a private non-profit organization. It is a volunteer group of generous and dedicated members who are active throughout the county.




RR Schedule

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Ticket to Ride

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Jacob Gray, El Dorado County 4-H'er, working with the county Surveyor's Office has created a tour of Main Street Placerville.

Exploring Historic Main Street Placerville



New Book

Then and Now

Then and Now was inspired by the collection of historical photographs housed at the El Dorado County Historical Museum. These images show a moment in time, caught forever through the old photographic process. The old photographs are matched with Harry Critchfield's current photographs with text researched and written by Joyce Thompson, a long-time volunteer with the El Dorado County Historical Museum. These photographs, old and new, help us appreciate the buildings that are still here, and acknowledge the ones that are gone.





Walking Tours of Historic Main Street


The El Dorado Historical Society is conducting guided tours of Historic Main Steet by reservation.  Groups can schedule a tour by contacting Marilyn Ferguson at (530) 626-0773 Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.  Tours can be booked for any day or time, and you will be contacted to confirm the tour.
The tour usually begins at the Fountain/Tallman Museum, 524 Main Street and lasts about 60 to 90 minutes.  The tour guides are dressed in period costume and describe historic locations on Main Street between Cedar Ravine and Sacramento Street.  Although the tour is free, donations to the Fountain/Tallman are encouraged at a suggested rate of $2 per adult or $5 per family. 



Gold Rush Era Artifacts from El Dorado County

New Display created by Joyce Thompson


display display

Artifacts in the display are identified with details in the storyboard.


Mountain Quarries Railroad

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El Dorado Western Railway

Find out about train rides!

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Related Links
Clarksville Regional Historical Society: Betty January El Dorado County Historical Museum
El Dorado County Pioneer Cemeteries Commission Eldorado National Forest
El Dorado Western Railroad Foundation Friends of Bayley House
Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society


Goldbug Park and Mine
Gold Discovery Park Association Highway 50 Association
Lake Tahoe Historical Society Lincoln Highway Association, Calif. Chapter
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park Miwok Tribe of El Dorado County
National Pony Express Association

 Native Daughters of the Golden West, Marguerite No. 12

Native Sons of the Golden West Oregon California Trails Association
Oregon California Trails Association: California Nevada Chapter Rescue Historical Society


Fountain & Tallman Circle

Golden Circle George Peabody
Benefactor Evelyn DeCorte, Charles and Betty Ripley, Patti Borelli
Patron El Dorado Savings, Carol Sexton, David & Denna Fausel, Leslie Hill, Gloria Moon
Friends Mr. & Mrs. Larry Millard, Ileen Jensen, George Fisher, Steve & Kathi Lishman, Lorna Lanning, Jennifer Martin, Jerry Culver, El Dorado Gem & Mineral Society