Fountain & Tallman Museum

Built in 1852
Old Hangtown

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

Exploring Main Street
Fountain Tallman Museum
First floor exhibits
Second Floor Exhibits
Museum Gift Shop

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El Dorado County

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Board Members
Kris Payne


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

Colleen Moore

Publicity P.J.Patton
Historic Trails Douglas Walker
Don Uelmen
Membership Secretary Mary Cory
Newsletter Editor Caroline Uelmen
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.)




Looking for a Great Gift Idea
or a Good Read?



New Book

El Dorado County Pictorial History


This book takes its readers to places in El Dorado County outside of "Old Hangtown" through a unique collection of rare photographs, housed at the El Dorado County Historical Museum. It provides a journey along the routes traveled by early prospectors and the Pony Express and over the tracks of the old narrow-gauge logging railroads.

El Dorado County: A Pictorial History reveals the many diverse economies, such as ranching and agriculture, that sustained local communities long after the gold played out.


Placerville Reflections

Placerville Reflections

A photo album of "Old Hangtown" by Elizabeth Fairchild and Jon McCabe.

Placerville Reflections is a delightful book of photographs covering over one hundred years of Placerville history beginning with the early mining camps of 1849 to the thriving City of Placerville in the 1960s.





Glittering Pot of Gold

A Glittering Pot of Gold

A Collection of First-Person Narratives, Stories & Manuscripts
by Lisa Butler

With sketches by Carol Sexton

The El Dorado County Historical Museum holds a treasure trove of first-person narratives, manuscripts, photographs and other archival materials that chronicle the county’s remarkable past. Over the years, dedicated members of the El Dorado County Historical Society and other historical preservation groups have contributed countless hours to collecting diaries, journals, newspaper articles and other valuable resources. The El Dorado Museum Foundation and the El Dorado County Historical Society asked local writer and historian Lisa Butler to help them generate a book focused on the county’s early history. To further chronicle and illustrate the events surrounding the Gold Rush and early settlement, they enlisted artist and historian Carol Sexton to create sketches that depict the past. This collaboration has produced A Glittering Pot of Gold, a historical publication for sale at the El Dorado County Historical Museum and the Placerville Historical Museum.


Goat Doctor


The Goat Doctor


Frank Andre, The Goat Doctor of the Sierras, was a beloved character who is a legend in the Mosquito community.






Gold Rush Glimpses

Gold Rush Glimpses III

"Gold Rush Glimpses III-Outlaws, Inspirations & Amusements" features artwork from internationally-known painters Bill Anderson and Milford Zornes.

Author Craig MacDonald captures the true stories surrounding one of the most interesting times in U.S. & World History, The Gold Rush era. He researches old letters, diaries, archives, newspapers, and other sources, and brings true stories to life with entertaining books and lively, fast-paced presentations to audiences.


Old West Christmas

Old West Christmas-
Tales With a Twist

"Old West Christmas-Tales with a Twist," is an exciting new book published by the El Dorado County Historical Society and El Dorado Museums Foundations.

The action-packed chapters in this unique and amazing book, look at Old West Christmas from 1849-1888. They feature original illustrations from legendary artist Bill Anderson, whose work hangs in galleries and museums throughout the world. Pulitizer Prize nominee, Craig MacDonald and his father, Professor Franklin MacDonald, PhD., researched unique and mostly unknown Christmas stories in letters, diaries, 19th century newspapers, and books throughout the West. Their goal was to both share and save these spectacular stories for future generations.