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Address: , Placerville, CA 95667
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Description: Placerville's fire alarm in 1856.

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The bell tower area is a great place to go. We went up to go to the casino but had more fun at all the unique shops that were in the town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Sierra Foothills, CA
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An old bell tower stck in the middle of town? It seems to have some historic significance, but I haven't had anyone able to tell me what it is. It impedes traffic right inthe center of Placerville. It is a centerpiece for holiday decoration and a focal point for outdoor festivities in Placerville, but don't confuse it with the Eiffel... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The bell tower area is a great place to go. We went up to go to the casino but had more fun at all the unique shops that were in the town.

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Marion, Virginia
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visited Placerville on the way to South Lake Tahoe. The bell tower stands tall in town. A gold rush town with apparently a lot of hangings. Placerville was known as Hangtown. Note the dummy hanging above Hangman's Tree. As you drive into Placerville the bell tower stands out - not to be missed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It's there, right in the middle of the street of a darling gold rush town that's just run to saunter the sidewalks sticking your nose into and the sundry mercantile, craft and candy shops.

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Monterey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It is a solitary artifact of days past. Clear sign explains it and it is a credit to the town that it appears to be where it has always been and not shoved off to some random spot. Not really picturesque or a gathering place with no bench or garden. Austere relic of rough gold camp days.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Hangtowns history is awesome and the bell tower is in middle of town close to the oldest hardware store that has everything from 1 nail to wind chimes it even still has original sliding ladders and wooden floors theres so much stuff everytime i go i see stuff i missed.

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Placerville, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Can't miss this attraction in the middle of the street. Makes a great reference point for peeps who have never been to Main Street.

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Placerville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Interesting history but not much else to note. It's right on Main street in Placerville, so you can't miss it.

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foothills..ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Come soon..before they screw it up and rebuild the sidewalk around it!! Have lunch in town! Spend some money!

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I stopped by on my drive back from Reno to San Francisco Bay Area. The Bell Tower is a focus point in town and is on the Main Street in Placerville. The bell tower when first placed in 1885 was used to signal the volunteer firemen to a fire in the area. It has been relocated a few times in... More 

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