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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 994 square miles, of which 965 square miles is land and 29 square miles (3.0%) is water. Most of the county is at an elevation close to sea level, with some areas below sea level. The highest point in the county is Carpenter Hill at 828 feet, in the southeast part of Folsom. Major watercourses in the county include the American River, Sacramento River, Cosumnes River, a tributary of the Mokelumne River, and Dry Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River.
The discovery of gold in 1848 brought tens of thousands of miners from around the world during the California Gold Rush. In addition, many more thousands came to provide goods and services to the miners. Only three years after the discovery of gold, the fast-growing county was formed from portions of Sutter and Yuba counties on April 25, 1851, with Auburn as the county seat. Placer County took its name from the Spanish word for sand or gravel deposits containing gold.
EL DORADO COUNTY
The County of El Dorado was one of California's original 27 counties created effective February 18, 1850 (the number has risen to 58 today). Its name is derived from the Spanish meaning "the gilded/golden". The final segments of the Pony Express mail route ran through El Dorado County until its replacement with the telegraph service in 1861; U.S. Highway 50 follows the Pony Express route today.
The present-day site of El Dorado County was once home to the Maidu, Washoe, and Miwok Native American tribes, and is notable for being the site of the 1848 gold discovery that sparked the California Gold Rush.
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Surround yourself in amazing art and architecture in Downtown Commons
GOLDEN 1 CENTER
An homage to the city’s legacy and a marvel of its bright future, Golden 1 Center represents everything that makes Sacramento the next Great American City.
POWER HOUSE SCIENCE CENTER
To engage and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders, possibilities, and responsibilities of science.
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Our point-to-point, net downhill course has remained unchanged for 37 years, providing over 100,000 runners of all speeds–from first-timers to the fastest of the fast–the best chance to achieve their marathon goals.
The CIM is certified and sanctioned by USATF and is a Boston Marathon and US Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier.
EL DORADO COUNTY FAIR
The El Dorado County Fair features four full days of exhibitions contests and competitions, concerts and events, carnival rides, and Fair food galore. Junior Livestock Auction and still exhibits, such as photography, food items, artwork, homemade wine and homebrew are all on display throughout the Fair’s four-day run.
A joint project of Visit Sacramento, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), and the City of Sacramento's Convention Center Complex (SCCC), and guided by a dedicated and passionate team, Sacramento365 is a robust multi-platform brand that allows users to search for and add events to its calendar platform free of charge.
Welcome to Northern California’s #1 destination for family fun! Golfland-Sunsplash features over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location! From thrilling waterslides , to award winning miniature golf, Golfland-Sunsplash has something for the whole family! We can’t wait to see you here!
Representing over 50 local, family farms, the Apple Hill℠ Growers are dedicated to supporting agriculture in our community. Founded in 1964 with just 16 apple ranches, we’ve now grown to include unique fruit & veggie farms, wineries, B&Bs, flower gardens, Christmas tree farms, and even a day spa. Our winding roads and scenic beauty have been a popular destination for over 50 years.
Whether you like to shake your thing or merely tap your toes, Sacramento’s dance club scene offers a variety of venues, ranging from swanky and sophisticated, to Go-Go dancing and gay friendly, plus a couple of places where you’re likely to rub elbows with people adorned in tattoos, piercings and hip haircuts. Here are the best dance clubs in Sacramento.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Workaholics are clocking out, worrywarts are hitting the slopes and wallflowers are thumping the dance floor. There must be something in the water.
Welcome to Tahoe South, where you’ll find Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine Lake in North America; deep and wide, bluer than blue and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Sacramento Golf in central California has a climate that is suitable for year around golf. Above is a list of 44 Sacramento Golf courses within 45 minutes of driving from Sacramento, that include the cities of Auburn, Davis, Elkgrove, Fairfield, Folsom, Lodi, Loomis, Rio Vista, Rocklin, Roseville, and Stockton.